Do you frequently find yourself climbing or falling into the problem box?
Suddenly you’re the one in there solving everyone’s problems.
Or do you love being the ‘go-to’, the guru answering all the questions?
If you’re wanting to build team and grow capability within others, it’s really important to stay out of the problem box.
Ask great questions to encourage team members to problem solve for themselves rather than directing and telling too much.
Take a step back and ask “What will help my team the most here?”
Sometimes it might be about speed and things needs to happen quickly?
At other times though, taking a few moments to ask a few pertinent open-ended questions that get your team members thinking for themselves, will actually serve the team better in the long run.
Are you great at asking questions to get the team thinking and coming up with answers to their own problems?
Maybe do a reset – next time a staff member asks you a question – could you respond with:
– What’s your opinion?
– What have you already tried?
– What else have you considered?
– What else might work now?
– What are three ways to solve this problem right now?
– Who else could help you with this issue?
– How have we solved this problem in the past?
– If you already knew the answer, what do you think could be an ideal solution?
– What could be the next best steps to take here?
There is no one perfect question, it’s about adapting these to the context of the situation?
Rather than simply solving the problem for them, get them to come up with the answer themselves. You may need to provide some guidance along the way.
And yes, I know when you’re pushed for time. You might need to breath deep and be patience. It may take a few extra minutes in your day (several or many times over) however it’s really worth it in the long run.
Empower your team to think outside the box, come up with new ideas and solve problems themselves.
Sometimes it might be about your helping them trust their own abilities, build confidence or there could be technical gaps, missing business acumen and knowledge that needs development. Work out where the opportunities are for each individual on your team and help them grow.
Keep out of the problem box and hold the ladder for your team. Ideally you’ll all get better at staying out of the box instead of falling in.
Here’s to problem solving.
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