Some people enjoy setting goals and accomplishing them. Other people enjoy solving problems. It seems that most of us excel in one or the other discipline.
Problem solvers are of incalculable benefit to organizations, but often they are not honored because they are seen as too cautious or even as naysayers. What is really happening is that their problem-solving brain is seeing ahead, anticipating challenges, and kicking into gear.
Wise leaders know how to look for this trait and ensure that every layer of management, really every project team within an organization, is staffed with people with the gift of problem-solving. While it is often the visionary goal setters who rise to prominence, talent scouts and people pickers ought to consider the fact that, in a real sense, leaders spend their days solving problems.
Read the memoirs of any United States president and you will see theme emerge again and again, People elected based on their vision and plans for the country’s future find that they must contend with day to day are problems to solve. After all, nothing ever reaches a president’s desk unless everyone else has failed to solve or deal with it.
How about you?
Are you a problem-solver or a goal-setter?
If you are a goal-setter, do you know who the problem-solvers are on your team?
Are those problem-solvers honored and given opportunities?
How can you recognize your first-class problem-solvers this week?