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Hitting the Wall

  1. February 25th, 2014  | 

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Published in Accountability, Leadership

Leaders are problem-solvers.

One problem some leaders have difficulty solving is the problem of getting those who work for them to think for themselves.

A CEO was sharing with me his frustration with the problem of problem-solving. I asked him:

  1. What role do you play that’s preventing your people for thinking for themselves?
  2. Are you prepared to let them learn by allowing them to fail?

The next time one of your leaders brings you a problem they expect you to solve, ask them:

  1. What’s the problem you’re trying to solve?
  2. What are three options for solving it?
  3. Which of those three options is the best solution?
  4. What decision would you make if you were me?
  5. What’s keeping you from making that decision on your own?

Until you hold yourself accountable for requiring your leaders to bring you solutions and not problems, the ability for your organization to grow and flourish will be directly proportional to the amount of work you can personally oversee.

Bam! You’ve just hit a wall.

About the Author: Greg Bustin advises some of the world’s most admired companies and leaders, and he’s dedicated a career to working with CEOs and the leadership teams of hundreds of companies in a range of industries. He’s facilitated more than 250 strategic planning sessions, he’s delivered more than 600 keynotes and workshops on every continent except Antarctica, and he coaches leaders who are inspired to take their career to the next level. His fourth leadership book— Accountability: The Key to Driving a High-Performance Culture (McGraw-Hill) —is a Soundview Executive Best Business Book.

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