I’ve compiled some great Problem Solving and Leadership Tips. Hopefully you find one you like and can implement it this week. Here’s the list:
1. If you have a new idea that you want to try. Ask for feedback from a few other people at your current job level first. A subordinate may feel like they have to laugh at your joke or get behind your idea, even if it's a bad idea. It's better to ask people who aren't afraid to give you the truth.
2. Consider giving your employees a Junk Drawer Day. Give them a day off from regular work, away from the hustle and bustle to get some of their long standing issues dealt with. This isn't a day for cleaning. It's a day dedicated to those problematic or thorny issues that sometimes get put on the backburner when people are busy.
3. Which things in your business are the most important? Do your employees know? They should. How else will they be able to meet your expectations. Don't make everything important because that just means that nothing is important.
4. Simple problem-solving method. Write out a problem on the top of the page. Then give the first twenty answers that come to mind. It's about volume here. Put down more than 20 if you can. Don't judge your ideas, just write them out. If you have the same idea twice, write it down again. The goal is to clear your head of all possible solutions. Once your mind is clear, you will either have an idea on paper or probably think of something later in the day.
5. Don't say problem, say opportunity. How you phrase information says a lot about the type of leader you are. It really does make a difference.
6. I heard this last tip from the great motivational speaker Brian Tracy. He says to get out a paper and put a line down it. On one side list all the fun things you do at work. On the other side of the line write out the hard things. Now take a close look at the list. Which side are all the things on that have the most impact on your business? Probably the hard side.