Look For Solutions, Not Just Problems

David Hadley

I remember attending a seminar and as we walked in noticing a power point slide on the screen. There was three lines;

  1. Those who say it can’t happen
  2. Those that say it can happen
  3. Those that make it happen.  

 Look For Solutions, Not Just Problems

Problems (or challenges, as they should be called in some instances) are a natural offspring of change which are seen in our workplace every day.

However becoming a finder of solutions, as opposed to just pointing out problems or complaining about them will make you an invaluable member of any team.

Too often people think complaining is a constructive act and once the complaint is noted, no further action is required by the individuals. They’re keen on identifying all of the problems – often in an accusing fashion – but contribute little towards improving things.

In the long run, the finger pointing approach simply does not work – the organisation’s values grow out of individual employees’ values. Remember the problem or issue simply won’t go away by itself and will have to be dealt with at some stage, or as they say the “ship will sink”.

So instead of pointing fingers, and trying to assign blame, a business would be so much stronger if everybody in it assumed ownership of problems and said “let the solutions start with me.”