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navigating problems

Are You Navigating Problems or Solving Them?

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Problems are an interesting aspect of the organization. People go to work every day to solve problems. Navigating problems may be different from solving them. Does this interest you?

The supervisor, manager, and leader, a big part of their day is solving problems. New supervisors often believe that they shouldn’t have problems. Someone may joke, “That is why you now make the big bucks.”

Solving Problems

People organize a meeting, a committee, or a task force, all with the aspiration of solving problems. Sometimes problems go on for what feels like forever. In other cases, the problem seems fixed only to reoccur.

Finding the solution that fixes the problem is important. In many businesses, that is why the business exists, it solves a problem.

Another approach though, is to go around the problem. Change your tactics, your navigation, move around the roadblock or hurdle. This may not solve it, but it eliminates it.

Is this really just common sense? Well, it seems that way, yet many people and organizations get stuck.

Navigating Problems

It tends to happen when the belief is that you must operate within the frame, color inside the lines, or go through a barrier instead of around it.

Problems can become an excuse. They also seem to have a way of granting power to the resistance. Problems can control a situation when the path for a solution seems fixed in one direction.

Instead we often have an option. Navigate the problem instead of solving it.

Navigation means you’ll build a bridge, choose a different vehicle, or make a swift change in direction. The problem may still be there, but it is not stopping you. You’ll navigate around it.

Simple really, problem solved.


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.

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change resistors

Change Resisters–Boomers or Millennials?

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Many boomers believe millennials resist change. Many millennials believe boomers resist change. Who is correct? Could it be neither?

Consider the following three ideas:

Pace of Technology – Millennials and Generation 9/11 will likely experience more technology advancements and change during their lifetime as compared to boomers. The pace of technology driving change appears to be accelerating.

To-date Reality – At any given moment in time, earlier generations have experienced the most change. After all, they have more years of experience and have lived what everyone from recent generations has lived, plus everything before those generations. (A 55 year old has 25 more years of experience as compared to a 30 year old, but both have experienced the most recent 30 years.)

Saturation – Consider that everyone has a tolerance for the volume or quantity of change, and as many may suggest, differing levels of interest for change. If this is true, it only makes sense that earlier generations have experienced more and may not be as tolerant of, or interested in, change.

Popular wisdom among change experts is that change resistance has little or nothing to do with generations. During a change event nearly everyone, or anyone, may feel a loss of control and a push (or shove) from their comfort zone. It is this uneasy, nervous, and fearful feeling that often causes resistance, couple that with those who have an opposing view and you have the perfect storm for change resistance.

While generational differences may be inclusive of some change resistance, they are typically not the root cause.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker, and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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