The Miami Book Fair is a place for bringing new ideas, and the book that Ken Tucker has written with Kevin Ford called The Leadership Triangle, Three Gifts that Will Change the Way you Lead, does just that. Ken begins the book with an interesting challenge. He says if you’re not making progress solving the problem you’re facing, you’re probably trying to solve the wrong problem. Ken tells us a little bit about what he means by that.
There’s a…a premise upon which that statement is built and it has to do that our conventional approach to problem solving as leaders is based upon the idea that all problems should and can be solved. And so our construct for problems has a flaw, because if you start with the expectations that all problems can and should be solved, then if you are unable to solve a problem, then the leader himself or herself feels like a failure, or the followers see the leader as a failure. We believe that the whole idea (clears throat) behind being effective is a leader is to be, is the capacity to recognize what kinds of problems you’re facing and then apply the appropriate response. So when we think of leadership, we think of leaders as persons who, first of all, understand that problems present themselves in a variety of ways. In fact, our similar qualities, and there are three types of problems that a leader would face. And these three types of problems require three different approaches. So, if you are trying to solve a problem and reoccurs or it’s recurring, or you’re not making any headway, then chances are you’re applying the wrong type of approach to the wrong type of problem.
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