With all the problems each of us have, should we find time to solve other people's problems?
It's a tricky question. Unless the person with the problem is invested in the solution, the solution is not likely to work. But, can we offer help?
Helping other people with their problems (whether it's an individual or a peer's team) not only helps them, it helps us. We grow. We develop more skill. We learn from the mistakes of others. We explore new ways of looking at things that can transfer to our own uses. And, most importantly, we develop our relationships with other people.
It is by solving other people's problems that we solve our own.
It's not magic, but it can sure feel that way.
-- Douglas Brent Smith