Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What's Your Problem? Saying it Clearly

What's your problem? Saying it clearly will help you find solutions. And if you can't admit what it is, trying new things won't solve it. Your efforts will be squandered chasing phantoms. Make the real thing the real thing.

Probably more important than talking about your problem is taking the time to define your problem in the clearest of terms. Defining is the place to start. Once that is done you will have a clearer conversation. And it will be your gut, your emotions, your feelings that will let you know how good your definition is. When it is really cutting close to the core, you know you're probably on target.

As Dr. Phil McGraw frequently states, “You can't change what you don't acknowledge.” And until you can articulate whatever that area of needed change is, so that you mind and your heart are acknowledging, you will be unable to find the proper options that will lead you to the best strategies and actions to apply.

My most important task as a personal and executive coach is helping leaders clarify what the real situation, problem or opportunity is and to say that in the fewest words possible. Once that is done we know what we are really talking about and then we can come up with options that apply to the real topic at hand.

Those who are committed to personal, professional or organizational growth, clarify frequently as needed. Those who are complacent about consistent clarification continue to live, perform and lead in mediocrity.

I am sure that you probably have one problem or opportunity today that will benefit from clarity. It is the truth that sets free. It is the lack of it that leads to frustration, neglect and deterioration to whatever degree it may manifest itself.

The greatest change will come when it can be articulated in the simplest possible terms.

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