I’ve said it many times. Being the leader of an organization does not automatically mean you are the designated problem solver. In fact, you’re best when providing guidance, direction, support and encouragement to others who solve the problems. Test that out again this week.
What will happen if you take this week and rely on the skills, instincts, insights and commitment of your key people, no matter the issue, the problem or the opportunity? Yes. What will happen when you refuse (not announcing it, just doing it) to solve anyone’s problem? What will happen when you only ask questions? What will happen if you shift those questions from “what won’t work” to “what might work?” What will happen when the only declarative statement you make is, “Go and give it a try?” What will you learn about decision-making? What will you learn about the capacity of your people?