Friday, November 01, 2019

Solutions and Problems

man standing in the middle of woods

The solutions bring new problems and many a problem is an attempted solution to another problem.

A large part of my coaching practice deals with this.

Why isn't this obvious? Because good and smart people have to deal with pressing problems and quick solutions and when you are close to the action it can be very difficult to see what's going on. It can be easy to - presto - embrace an off-target strategy which feels good but accomplishes little or even makes things worse.

Questions to consider:

  1. What is the perceived problem?
  2. Is that the real problem?
  3. Is that problem a solution to another problem?
  4. What appears to be a solution to the real problem?
  5. What types of problems will the solution process bring?
  6. What types of problems will the solution itself bring?
  7. How will your action or inaction bring the organization forward?

[Photo by Vladislav Babienko at Unsplash]

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