Leaders, Here’s A Process For Solving Problems.

Confession: The study of leadership is one of my real passions. The US was involved in World War II and the Korean Conflict during more than half of my pre-teen years. Stories of leadership success and mistakes were hot topics during that formative time. Radio, movies, and later TV brought those leadership stories to life for me.

Later, I studied leaders in High School and College. In fact, my college thesis was about the impact of General George S. Patton’s Personal Leadership on the Battle of the Bulge and the shortening of the war in Europe. As a career Army officer, the study of leadership was not only required, it was essential, especially as you moved up the career ladder.

Army officers of my vintage spent a lot of time in formal classes and seminars studying our trade, the principal function of which was leading others. I calculate that I spent almost four full academic years as a student. My career was even more unique because I had the benefit of an additional nine and a half years as a faculty member, teaching Leadership, in those schools. Now I spend my time helping leaders get better at their leadership skills. Here is some information on a critical leadership skill.

If you are a leader, you are solving problems. In many cases the problems are simple and the solutions are obvious. However, some problems need more attention and sometimes the solution is not obvious. My personal experience and my research into the experiences of others confirm that as leaders grow in responsibility, the problems they face become complex with less obvious solutions.

If you are looking for a SIMPLE process for problem solving, try this one. I stole from the Army and used throughout my twenty-five year civilian staff and CEO career. As I often note, SIMPLE doesn’t mean EASY.
The steps of problem solving Army style:
1. Identify the problem.
2. Gather information.
3. Develop criteria
4. Generate possible solutions
5. Analyze possible solutions
6. Compare possible solutions
7. Make and implement the decision

Again, if you want to know more, just comment or contact me by email. Mike@MikeMolinoLLC.com

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About MikeMolinoLLC

Leaders of associations and small businesses have seen tremendous gains with Mike Molino’s guidance. He has helped them in overcome problems and improve the effectiveness of their teams. Mike has lots of experience working with businesses which blend family relationships into their organizations. Mike’s extensive training in professional development, strategic leadership, and strategic thinking and planning provides him with a unique level of expertise. He embodies the strong military values of service, loyalty, honesty and integrity. Few have achieved his remarkable levels of success in two almost thoroughly diverse career fields: the highly disciplined, structured military and the entrepreneurial, market-oriented RV industry. Mike brings this expertise to his clients to help them and their teams increase effectiveness, efficiency and team cohesiveness so they can move forward on a productive path. With a solid grounding in business, liberal arts and the military arenas, Mike brings valuable experience necessary for relating to individuals or groups needing to grow and develop in leadership skills and abilities. Mike Molino Mike is a Certified Association Executive, is certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) and has extensively used the DISC and the Caliper Assessment. In addition to creating and executing strategic planning strategies for more than 25 years, headed as CEO or COO, Mike also facilitated strategic planning sessions for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. I invite you to see more details about me on http://mikemolinollc.com/Meet_Mike.html and on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mike-molino-cae/4/518/b2/.
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