Problems always exist. In part, that is why we have supervisors and managers. Are you suffering from repetitive workplace problems?
One aspect of leadership is that sometimes supervisors and managers think that they shouldn’t have any problems. The view is that more advanced roles are the luxurious ones. A place to get comfortable, relax, and enjoy.
In you don’t realize it by now, that is a myth in most organizations.
Repetitive problems probably exist because they are hard to solve.
Hard to Solve
Hard to solve doesn’t mean impossible to solve. It does probably mean that the solutions aren’t obvious, aren’t easy, or require additional risk.
Most problems are quickly addressed through experience or theory. People learn to spot resolutions based on previous similar scenarios. They apply their knowledge and expertise and the problem gets resolved.
We solve lots of problems every day. Sometimes we don’t even realize that we are doing it. Yet, the lingering or repetitive problem nags at us.
Repetitive Workplace Problems
You attend the meeting, intending to solve a problem. The team gets sidetracked, the discussion becomes about obstacles, hurdles, and why things won’t work.
Maybe the problem definition is not clear. Maybe you can’t seem to get to the root cause, or perhaps you need more data or information before applying your expertise.
Don’t procrastinate about the problem. It is likely going to require some risk.
Get to the root cause.
If you don’t solve the problem at the root, it may repeat. When you don’t clearly understand the problem, it may continue.
When you get to the root and are willing to get a little uncomfortable and risky, you may discover a new path to problem resolution.
Otherwise, you may stay stuck.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.