The Quickest Way to Gain Leadership: Problem-Solving : Part 1
The size of the person is more important than the size of the problem.
This chapter of Maxwell's book deals with the two things needed to effectively solve problems: the right attitude and the right action plan.
According to F.F. Fournies, there are four common reasons why people do not perform the way they should:
- They do not know what they are supposed to do.
- They do not know how to do it.
- They do not know why they should.
- There are obstacles beyond their control.
These four reasons why people fail to perform at their potential are responsibilities of leadership. The first three reasons deal with starting a job correctly. A training program, job description, proper tools, and vision, along with good communication skills, will go a long way in effectively meeting the first three issues.
The following are five characteristics from Maxwell's life:
- We all have problems. - We should remember the words of Paul Harvey who said that in times like these it is always helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.
- Problems give meaning to life.
- People need to change their perspectives, not their problems.
- A life free of all obstacles and difficulties would reduce all possibilities and powers to zero.
- Eliminate problems and life loses its creative tension.
- Many outstanding people have overcome problems in their lives.
- Policies are many; principles are few. Policies will change; principles never do.
- Dolly Parton sums it all up with these words: "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain."
- My problem is not my problem.
- There is world of differences between a person who has a big problem and a person who makes a problem big.
- Their "problems" are not their real problems. The problem is they react wrongly to "problems" and therefore make their "problems" real problems.
- What really counts is not what happens to me but what happens in me.
- Why do achievers overcome problems while thousands are overwhelmed by theirs? They refused to hold on to the common excuses for failure.
- They turned their stumbling blocks into stepping stones. They realized they could not determine every circumstance in life but they could determine their choice of attitude in every circumstance.
- A problem is something I can do something about
- If I can't do something about a problem, it's not my problem, it's a fact of life.
- Be careful in resigning yourself to the position that there is no answer to a problem. Someone else may come along with a solution.
Donald G Rosenbarger
Senior Vice President
Delta Companies Inc