Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Focus on the Problem NOT the People
Too many times this year (and others) I've heard a variation on a theme: This person is not the right fit. I'd say that for a long time, I bought into that premise without questioning it. Recently, I've begun to rethink that notion. When dealing with people, I think it is essential to remove them from the equation and focus on a problem: kids not being challenged, tasks not being completed, parents not being communicated with, etc. Too often, I think we see problems and turn the focus of the problems into a focus on the people involved. Sure, removing or replacing people can "fix" a problem. But at what cost to the organization? Is there a way to look at the problem, and work as a team with the people to make the situation better? I hope so. In the coming months, I'm going to explore this line of thought and see where it leads.