Posts Tagged ‘problem solving’

While reading “Developing the Leader Within You” by John Maxwell, I was intrigued by the chapter dealing with problem solving. As I was going through it, it reminded me of what should be done to solve the problems with the economy and how what is now being done goes against these key principles. What stood out first for me was the first step:

IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM

John Maxwell writes:

‘Too many times we attack the symptoms, not the cause. Ordering your staff to stay at their desks until quitting time is a Band-Aid solution that does not answer the question, “Why does the staff leave early?” Your job is to identify the real issues that lie beneath the symptoms.’

This can be applied to many different areas. The first thing that came to mind when reading was this is relatable to what many are saying about the growing income inequality, and the rich needing to be taxed more. But are they really identifying the problem, or just a bad symptom of the real problem? Will the solution really fix what’s wrong? I would say the poor being poor is the problem, and if the rich being taxed more brings them down closer to the level of poverty, will they now be better off? Why do people just point to the gap and say ‘BAD’? Why don’t they ask “What is causing the gap to occur?” The taxing the rich idea is just a band-aid solution that does nothing to stop the gap from occurring in the first place. I won’t go into all the nasty effects that solution would have on the economy in general, or the poor, in particular in this post.
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