Suggestion boxBy Wade Kwon
Whatâ€™s your problem? No, really, whatâ€™s your problem?
Hereâ€™s mine: Any idiot can point fingers, and many idiots can define a problem, but so few will offer solutions.
Pet peeve No. 276.
Donâ€™t know why it bugs me, but it really does.
Thatâ€™s not to say that tough problems all have easy answers. Often, lazy minds will come up with a simplistic solution that makes the problem worse.
And sometimes, people offer solutions without considering alternatives. Theyâ€™re locked into traditional ways of thinking. Unfortunately, â€œthinking outside of the boxâ€ has lost all meaning in its overuse.
I have a low tolerance for whiners and complainers. Iâ€™m surprised at how society coddles those who do nothing but moan without lifting a finger to set things right.
Problem solving comes naturally to me. Maybe Iâ€™m good at it, maybe Iâ€™m OK. But I love working on them.
I like taking a complex problem and breaking it down into manageable chunks. I like figuring out the root causes. I like hearing other people weigh in, sharing their perspectives and their suggestions.
And I like getting down to working on the solution.
I donâ€™t like ignoring the problem because itâ€™s easier. I donâ€™t like endless bitch sessions which pin the blame correctly or incorrectly on someone. I donâ€™t like brainstorming when the goal is to shoot down suggestions as they come up.
I donâ€™t like to fail, but I donâ€™t mind failing, because itâ€™s a good teacher.
A former colleague quoted her pastor: â€œIf someone says something should be done about a problem, thatâ€™s the someone who should be doing something.â€
It didnâ€™t always work out that way, but itâ€™s a pretty good solution to my ongoing problem.