Solving Problems

Right now in my world, I am understaffed, under resourced and am involved in the major project of redoing our children’s area.

With all the challenges of growth and the setbacks that always accompany change, let me mention some things that we need to do when tackling a problem.

1. Figure out your part of the problem

Where did you go wrong?                                                                                                                              What assumptions did you make that were wrong?                                                                        Where did the communication break down? You first must own up to your part in the problem.

2. Re-think how to fix it

This takes time and a pen and a piece of paper. This is where most people miss it… taking the time to re-think, to evaluate, to look at things from a different perspective, and to brainstorm “what if” scenarios. When you really engage in the art of rethinking the way you previously thought about things, it will create a new fresh approach to problem solving.

3. How can everyone involved win?

So many times, you are dealing with selfish people. Sometimes you are the selfish one.   How can everyone involved get what they want and the project be completed?                   How does everyone win? When someone feels that they are losing in the deal or being taken advantage of, then negotiation stops.

Conventional wisdom would argue these three points but I have discovered that when we own up to our part of the problem, really take time to re-think the situation and make sure that everybody wins, then we will create a synergy and a spirit of cooperation.                    

The end result….problem solved.

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