How to Stop Admiring Your Problems

by Ray Arell

It is unclear when the phrase “stop admiring the problem” came into my leadership tool kit, but I have been using it to improve my personal and business life for about two decades.

Ways we admire problems

The easiest way to detect that we are doing this is how many times we don’t move past talking about the issues and put it on some sort of list to address it at a future date. For example, if your Excel sheet where you document your impediments has not changed for months, then you may be guilty of admiring.

Moving past admiring with quick wins

One percent may not seem that much, but doing it weekly is where the power of the approach is. Twenty-five weeks of 1% improvements mean you now have 25% better performance. At the same time, you can reinvest the capacity gain from fixing those things to close down more problems or invest in new ways to provide value to your stakeholders.

Warming up to the bigger fixes

I know we are all guilty of admiring problems, but you can take small incremental steps to improve. Remember to take the time to celebrate even the little improvements as you build the energy to take on those bigger things.

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Originally published at https://www.agilealliance.org on February 9, 2020.

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