“A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” – Charles Kettering
I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with effective leaders around the world. I notice many successful leaders have an innate ability to not solve a problem until it is well stated and understood. This is a difficult tension to hold in the dynamics of every day life.
Effective leaders realize that time and clear focus are the most important assets to achieving the vision or goal. When you focus on the right initiatives you get extraordinary outcomes.
To hone your own skill in this area ask yourself the following questions:
State the problem as you presently see it
Define what you are noticing in this situation
State the issue in a sentence
Why it is important to solve
Define the best outcome for all
In my coaching, rich and expansive conversations take place when there is clarity on the problem and the leader begins to explore beyond their current framework of thinking. Bold new ideas and better solutions come from this framing and discussion.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein
Look for a better way to move towards your goal. Get quiet to find clarity… then reach beyond your current thinking to even better solutions.
“The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.” – Thomas Edison
Be Well Stated and Clear.