The truth is problems at work are inevitable. But they can be beneficial to us if we appreciate how they contribute to our success, rather than resent them when they arise.
Tips & Tricks:
The four benefits of having problems:
- Problems can signal existing success. There’s usually a link between the complexity of our challenges and the level of our responsibility. Chances are the bigger your problems, the greater success you have.
- Problems spur greater success. Without problems, there aren’t opportunities.
- Problems engender confidence. Only when we see ourselves overcoming problems do we gain the confidence to know we can do it again.
- Problems expand our understanding. A leader who’s overcome significant problems will know what they can expect from their team and how to help them reach their goals.
But what if you’re facing an intractable problem? Maybe you need to use second order thinking and mental models to find a solution.