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How Good is Your Company at Solving Problems?

June 19th, 2017 // Tom Doescher //

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How good is your company at solving problems?

That’s the rhetorical question addressed in a Harvard Business Review article titles, Are You Solving the Right Problems?

The authors believe managers, spurred by a penchant for action, tend to switch quickly into solution mode without first making sure they really understand the problem. Can you relate? I know I’m guilty as charged.

The article offers what the authors believe are the seven best practices for effectively reframing problems:

  1. Establish legitimacy — get agreement to utilize the reframing method.
  2. Bring outsiders into the discussion — choose someone who will speak freely.
  3. Get people’s definitions in writing — Have you ever left a meeting thinking everyone agrees with the loose oral description, and found out later that they don’t?
  4. Ask what’s missing — make sure you ask explicitly what has not been captured or mentioned.
  5. Consider multiple categories — identify specifically what category of problem (i.e., incentive, expectation, attitude, etc.) the group is facing.
  6. Analyze positive expectations — what’s different about this situation?
  7. Question the objective — pay attention to the objectives of each party involved, first clarifying and then challenging them.

Although this article may seem a little academic, I would highly recommend reading it. As I have already admitted, I love jumping in and solving the problem — and, at times, I’ve missed the mark. This article provided advice that would have saved me time and embarrassment in the past.

Is There a Reason You May Not Have Any Mentors?

June 5th, 2017 // Tom Doescher //

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For the past decade or two, I’ve been fortunate to have so many mentors who have poured into my life. I’ve written about it more than once, including in my October 13, 2014, post entitled What is a Mentor?

I’ve also observed that many executives I meet have very few, if any, mentors. So, me being me, I concluded once again that I am a “lucky guy.”

The other day, I was expressing to a group of executives how fortunate I am and how sad I feel for those individuals without mentors, who go it alone. One of the executives, a longtime friend and colleague who happens to be a clinical psychologist, said, “Did you ever consider that possibly you have so many mentors because you’re open to and solicit input from others?”

Believe or not, I had never had that thought.

So I ask you: Do you have mentors? If your answer is no, then why not?


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