17. Dec, 2019

The way out ...

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Entrepreneurs are moving from a world of problem-solving to a world of problem-finding. The very best ones are able to uncover problems people didn't realize that they had. -- Daniel H. Pink, American - Author Born: 1964,  https://www.danpink.com/about/ 

There are different ways to approach the problem solving in a company. Assuming that everybody is working in the best interest of the company and problem solving is a team effort might be too easy 😲. Some people tend to let a problem escalate first and wait until it is really and obviously burning. Then they appear on stage and give the fire fighter, who is putting out the fire in the end. Personal success and everybody seems to be happy, but a very reactive approach that might hurt more than it helps?

Another mindset is, who ever picks up a problem - or moves first, whatever the motivation is - automatically owns it, independent if he or she has the right capabilities or it is part of their responsibility at all. Sounds more like problem assignment and not solving?

The best way to promote and protect opportunity is through collaboration, consensus-building, and pragmatic problem-solving. Throughout nearly 30 years in public service, I have approached tough challenges by making room for as many people as possible around the table in search of common ground. -- Tom Perez, American - Politician Born: October 7, 1961,  https://www.goodreadbiography.com/tom-perez-biography/ 

Sounds like the best approach. Being proactive, working in a cross-functional team in the best interest of the company you are working for and that is paying your salaries for example 😉. So picking up a problem is fine, proactively even better and perfect, when you find the right owner together as a team 👍.