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