Present solutions not problems

At various points in our careers we encounter problems. For some people they are infrequent for others they occur daily. Some are major and some are minor. Some are of our own making, some are created by others or simply by situations.

When we go to our boss to report the latest issue/s, do we simply explain the problem and leave it to be resolved at the higher level, or do we explain the problem and propose a solution to deal with it?

Guess which approach earns more respect?

When we present our solution do we offer to be accountable for delivering it, or hope someone else will pick it up?

Guess which approach earns more respect?

If someone else proposes an alternative solution or modifications to our solution, do we defend our solution to last or are we open minded enough to consider the alternatives?

Guess which approach earns more respect?

If we accept the alternative, are we still prepared to be held accountable for delivering it, or do we now wash our hands of it?

Guess which approach earns more respect?

I am sorry if the above sounds a bit condescending in the way I have presented it, but each point is important.

There is nothing wrong with asking for help to achieve the solution/s, but we all know who are the Teflon coated slippery eels in our organisations for whom “accountability” is a word they only use to describe others.

For our own self esteem and job satisfaction if nothing else, we should aim to be a source of solutions, not problems for other people. In addition someone else who matters in the organisation may notice this quality and it will benefit our careers accordingly.


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Why being prepared to win at all costs is not always a good thing !!!

I have met a number of people particularly in business and especially sales, who claimed that they were prepared to “do anything to win”. Mostly they were people I didn’t like.

When I was 12 years old, every pupil in my school had to participate in a boxing tournament. I was the smallest in my year and was matched in the first round against my best friend Giles. He was the tallest in our group and by far the most strongly built in our class. I am not sure what perversion the teacher who paired us up suffered from, since we were obviously grossly mismatched.

As a close friend, I was sure that Giles wouldn’t want to hurt me, so I made a pact with him that neither of us would hurt the other. He didn’t need to make the pact since he could have beaten the crap out of me anyway, but he was a very nice guy and readily agreed to my non agression terms.

The bell rang and as I moved toward Giles, with my guard up, trying to look as unmenacing as I could, I got this overwhelming urge to win the match. I knew I would only get one shot at it. With all my might, I punched him as hard as I could on the end of his nose. He looked shocked at my duplicity, but he didn’t crash to the ground unconscious.

Giles won the fight and I got the beating I deserved.

We lost touch for about 40 years but have been recently reunited via Facebook. We haven’t discussed the boxing incident, and I suspect he may not even remember it.

Anyway for me the moral of the story is that just because you are prepared to win at any cost doesn’t mean that you will win, and the consequences of trying to win in unethical ways may be dire.


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My first post since changing the way this blog is populated


Dear Reader.

For the last three years this blog has been populated automatically with posts from an article provider source. No longer!

Over time it became apparent that most of the articles supplied provided little value to the reader and with a few minor changes were being published in multiple places.

I have deleted all the old posts (over 5,000 of them) and am starting afresh with articles which I will personally write.

The volume of articles being contributed it going to drop considerably, but hopefully those which I do post with be unique and the content of value to my readers.

Thank you for your patience.



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