What I have observed about problem solving during my now approaching 40 year career in Information Technology is that people are often trying to convince others of an approach without ever presenting a problem statement. I've seen people go directly to the solution. Sometimes those people have included me. OK, lots of times it was me. Now, there can be a variety of reasons why this happens. I may have assumed that everyone understands what the problem is (Kalsa, whose book I am currently reading, correctly points out that this is simply guessing.) Other times there may not actually have been a problem, I just had something to gain by the solution being implemented. Sometimes I was presented with a task, to solve an issue, and I just wanted to check that one off my list, so I didn't bother to invest the time to fully understand the problem, so how could I state it properly. More to the point, in each of these situations, how could I possibly arrive at the exact solution?
Earlier this week, we hosted another in our series of Business Intelligence related discussions. We had a great presentation from BI expert, Teal Derheim, and the attendees asked a lot of wonderful questions.
It doesn't matter if you are the Chief Executive of a Fortune 100 company or simply Chief Executive of You, there are four things each of us can do to enhance our image, our brand, our effectiveness as an executive. According to John Maxwell, the first phase of leadership is leading you. If we are not incorporating these four attributes into our daily lives, then we are not as effective as we could be.