When It Comes To Problem Solving, Do You Steer or Chart The Course?

_The Law of Navigation: anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course. – John C. Maxwell

When it comes down to solving a big problem on which side to do you fall? Do you prepare and plan or do you jump right into fixing it?

Today, I share some of the questions I use to help me think through the navigation process.

…leaders who navigate…see the whole trip in their minds before they leave the dock. They have vision for getting to their destination, they understand what it will take to get there, they know who they’ll need on the team to be successful, and they recognize the obstacles long before they appear on the horizon. John C. Maxwell

This quote can be split into 4 areas.

I. Maximizing Past Experiences

I have talked about reflection before. What we are looking for here is take advantage of the lesson learned from prior events.

  • What past experiences may apply to the problem at hand?
  • What skills do I have now because of a my background?
  • How many different perspectives can I use?
  • What barriers can I skip now because what I already know?

II. Examining Conditions Before Committing

This area focuses on external factors and the circumstances.

  • What’s the current situation?
  • What barriers are present or could appear in the future?
  • What level of resources are needed?
  • How much time is left to implement? What’s the right timing?

III. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

We have looked inward and outward, now it’s time to look around us.

  • Who needs to get involved?
  • What do others have to say about the problem?
  • Who may have a different perspective on the matter?
  • Who has more expertise than I?

IV. Balancing Faith and Facts

No matter how grand the vision and belief of the leader, it’s necessary to acknowledge the present.

  • Given the current situation, what’s a realistic timetable?
  • Is there a need to recruiting more resources?
  • What’s our biggest challenge right now?

_You must retain faith that you will prevail in the end and you must also confront the most brutal facts of your current reality._Jim Collins

How do you navigate the rough waters?

 

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