Victor’s Insider Scoop on Why You Should Copy Success Instead of Trying to Solve Problems …
February 1st, 2010 | top of page
How much time do you spend trying to solve problems vs. scaling successes?
There was a good article in the February 16 issue of Fast Company written by Dan & Chip Heath: “Switch: How To Change Things When Change Is Hard”. The article expands upon the topic of finding success within failure. Here is the link to the full article that contains some real world examples of how this actually has worked.
I’ve provided a brief synopsis below:
A task you are charged with fixing may appear hopelessly complex. However, there is an approach that can get results on even the toughest issues. It begins with locating a bright spot (something that is actually working even though in and of itself it does not appear to be the solution to the problem) and then cloning it (repeating or doing more of the same thing). You must ask yourself a question that sounds easy but is, in fact, extremely unnatural: What’s working and how can we do more of it?
If you do the more comfortable thing and ask yourself, “What’s broken and how do I fix it?”, you’ll run in circles. You’ll spend a lot of time agonizing over issues that are true but useless to solving the task at hand.
Our left brain has a problem focus when it needs a solution focus.
In difficult environments, we’ll be beset with problems, and paralysis by analysis will often set in.” In order to make headway we need to give explicit direction—show people where to go, how to act, what goal to pursue. That’s why bright spots are so vital: Bright spots give us our recipe for action—and the hope that progress can occur.
If you learn to recognize and understand bright spots, you will solve one of the fundamental mysteries of change: What, exactly, needs to be done differently?”
If you are a manager, ask yourself, “How much time do I spend solving problems instead of scaling successes?”
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