8. What’s a “Problem?”


If you believe that leadership has something to do with finding, solving, and creating problems, then, I guess, you should understand what a problem is. What’s your definition?






Hmmm. So, if you said something like “an obstacle to what you want,” consider first “who’s the you?” That is, if you asked the CEO, the VP of HR, the SVP of Marketing, and the CFO what the problems in the company were, would they agree? Probably, not. There would be variation in their answers. So the first challenge in identifying problems is to identify the key players in a situation. Can you list the stakeholders in a situation? Not 20 or 30 people, but the five or six people or groups of people who have an investment in the ...

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