I can’t tell you where I was the first time I heard someone say “don’t just bring me problems, bring me solutions”, but I’m glad I was given that guidance early in my career. Sometimes we make it too easy for people to tell us everything that they don’t like or don’t agree with and they have the expectation that we will snap our fingers and fix it. I like to listen to their concerns and then counter with a “so what do you think we should do about it” or “what would you have done differently”? That will either spark a great conversation or they will have to do some work and come back to see you with an answer. Either way, you just helped develop a person into a better leader and/or problem solver. Being a good leader doesn’t mean you fix/solve every problem, you are there to support and give your teams what they need to resolve the problems they’ve identified with their solutions…try it out!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.