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.

Tony

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