Elephants have strength and gentleness. They act with power and grace. They have pride and love. Just like elephants, humans also possess contrasting attributes – which can sometimes happen concurrently in an individual or a team. When opposing, interdependent emotions occur simultaneously, the path becomes clouded; momentum slows (even stops), missed deadlines crop up and accuracy decreases.
Act To PLAN and Get Unstuck Quick
What’s the remedy for being simply, completely, unequivocally stuck? How about recognizing that fact and then moving forward? And that’s just where my discussion with Christine L Bowen on CLBLive began. Read on for the highlights, because the conversation provides solutions right at your fingertips!
From the starting points of feeling overwhelmed and the accompanying procrastination, we can choose to see how exactly the “stuck” presents itself in our lives … or not. Comfortable chairs or lumps of stuff swept under the rug, and patterns noticed when you are avoiding something.
(Spoiler Alert: There is NO Magic Box)
In maintaining a healthy and adaptable business, one helpful tip is to examine situations through different lenses. For example, let’s take the meaning of a single word. Here’s what happens when we look at our business through three definitions of the word “present”:
A present?! A gift for the business. I like that. In fact, the business needs that right now. The solution to everything that is wrong has arrived!
Be present?! A business? Sheesh, what does this have to do with me? The business exists and gives me a paycheck.
Present?! Everything is a priority now. Things are moving so fast, yet sales don’t reflect it. I’ve been waiting for something to happen with all this activity.
The more we choose the easier the action becomes. There are three main components to making choices:
- Know there is a choice to be made.
- Understand what’s in our control (or not).
- Consider the options.
Let’s take moment to clarify: there are decisions we make for ourselves, our families, and for our work. The aforementioned topics explored here apply to all types of choices; however, we’re going to focus on work-related ones in this article.
“What are we supposed to do here?” is a question that I use to gauge what the team is thinking as we tackle problems together.
The steps to problem solving are universal, and we can apply all to situations throughout life – including business. Let’s imagine that the last problem we worked on is one that holds everyone’s focus, yet to which there will seemingly never – ever – be an end. One infuriating obstacle follows another. There is a lot of backtracking, and redoing different work. For such situations, the steps to problem solving represent a good beginning for shaking things up. We might just be able to fix more by knowing four simple actions to start building up those problem-solving muscles.