One Problem/Five Questions

Leading is not without challenges and problems. I’d argue leaders are most needed because challenges and problems are inherent to accomplishing any goal. While sharing some of my own challenges, a friend encouraged me to ask myself, Is this the problem I need to be solving? What a marvelous coaching question (Thanks Jennifer!). What a marvelous leadership question to figure out where one should direct their precious energy. After our call, I began to hear the question in at least five different ways (see graphic above). As you read this, you might even find more ways to think about this question. All problems aren’t created equal and looking at them from different angles may provide busy leaders with the clarity that saves just a little bit of energy, sanity, and time!