Sunday, January 7, 2024

Keep Looking

Some problems take longer than others to solve. It can seem like you'll never get the solution.

You may not have found the solution yet but you're way ahead of anyone who's stopped looking.

-- doug smith

Friday, December 1, 2023

Go Ahead



Is there a problem on your mind? Has it been bothering you lately?

If you're thinking about a problem why not think about solving that problem?

It might not be easy. It will be worthwhile.

-- doug smith

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Shift The Problem



Talking about what you want will do more to solve a problem than talking about what you don't have.

Shift the focus and open the door to more than a thousand possibilities.

-- doug smith

Monday, November 27, 2023

Move The Problem


Intractable problems bother me. Knowing that a problem is beyond my control or influence is frustrating. If the best that we can do is manage with the problem, then manage we must but we won't necessarily enjoy it.

Isn't it still worth exploring the possibilities? Maybe we CAN nudge that problem enough to loosen it from its mooring and start a new situation.

What if tough problems aren't fixed but instead moved? What if the solution is in the motion?

Let's get moving!

-- doug smith


Sunday, November 26, 2023

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Make It Active

Talking about it is a good start, but eventually you have to do something to solve that problem or achieve that goal.

Problem solving is an active phenomenon.

-- doug smith

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Find The Possibility


image: That problem might be one possibility away from being solved -- but it might take many possibilities to find that one.  -- doug smith

That problem might be one possibility away from being solved -- but it might take many possibilities to find that one.

-- doug smith

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Evaluate Carefully

Evaluate Carefully

It's easier to make a problem worse, than it is to solve it so evaluate your solution carefully.

-- doug smith

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Jumping to Solutions



What is it like to jump to solutions? It's deciding before evaluating. It's picking the first thing that sounds right. It's doing anything to cut the tension of dealing with a problem. It may not be your best choice.

It's easier to make a problem worse than it is to solve it so evaluate your solution carefully.

Will it make things better? Will it prevent harm? Will it please the people effected? 

Jump to solutions? Not so fast.

Breathe. Evaluate. Select.

-- doug smith

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Thursday, October 5, 2023

What Leaders Do

 Most of what high performance leaders do is solve problems and achieve their goals.

Get good at one, and it will help you with the other.

Solving problems. Achieving your goals. There really is no avoiding it.

-- doug smith

Monday, October 2, 2023

There's More To It



Why do we solve problems? Well, of course, to get rid of the problems. To accomplish our goals. To make work and life better for all of us.

And there's more of course. We learn. We build relationships. We expand our thinking. We become more resilient. Solving problems comes with nearly unlimited benefits.

The goal of solving a problem often goes beyond solving the problem.

Be sure to celebrate the bonus -- it is likely to help you the next time you work to solve a problem.

-- doug smith

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Is It Really A Problem?



Problems come in many forms. How we look at them matters.

While one person might see a failed goal, another might see the same situation as a valuable piece of learning, or progress toward a larger goal.

Some problems are poorly framed expectations. Whatever we'd been expecting was inaccurate and maybe even unreasonable. That we didn't get what we expected was not because of a problem, but because of what we expected that never had a chance.

If a problem seems unsolvable it is worth at least asking: was my expectation off on this? Is it really a problem at all? Or is it an opportunity to check your perspective and celebrate your learning?

-- doug smith

Friday, September 1, 2023

Balance Requires Movement


Can you stand still on a bicycle? How about a unicycle? 

I remember trying to learn a trick during my Mustard Seed Theatre Company days that involved juggling while standing on a teeter-totter. "You've got to keep moving..." said Peter. "Standing still won't get it done."

In today's world balance is highly prized. We want balanced, centered lives where our work hats do not prevent us from wearing the other hats of our lives. But, balance doesn't require stasis. Instead, to stay balanced, we need to keep moving.

Steady, controlled, disciplined, calm, we move and find a rhythm that works.

How is your balance today?

-- doug smith


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