If a Problem is Worth Solving, It's Worth Solving All the Way

Not all problems are created equal and not all problems are even worth solving. When they are; be aggressive in solving them so they never come up again.

D. Brown Management Profile Picture
Share

 

"I'll teach you all you need to know about running a company in one afternoon, and we'll both go home early to boot. You don't need Harvard to teach you that it's more important to listen than to talk. You can get straight As from all your Harvard profs, but you'll never make the grade unless you're decisive: even a timely wrong decision is better than no decision. The final thing you need to know is don't half-heartedly wound problems - kill them dead. That's all there is to it."

Kelly Johnson
Leadership Tools: Quote: Don't half-heartedly wound problems - kill them dead. Kelly Johnson. Book: Skunk Works by Ben R Rich and Leo Janos.

 

First of all, make sure you clearly define the problem, being very specific.  

“If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions.”

Albert Einstein

 

Ask a series of 'WHY' questions until you get to the root cause.  

Use the math of prioritization to P.I.C.K. the right problems to solve.  

Aggressively manage every detail of the solution so it doesn't come up again.  

Remember that 90% of continuous improvement is just about eliminating problems consistently, and only 10% is about innovative new ideas. The best leaders of construction companies know this.  

Check out a fun and informative read about history, innovation, problem solving, and government contracting in the book Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed




Traits of Successful Executives
There is a lot more to success than being charismatic and extroverted with a perfect track record. The ghSMART company conducted research on over 2,000 leaders, correlating detailed notes from the candidate screening process with their results as leaders.
Evolving Leadership Focus with Role Growth
All contractors are built on the same foundation, which starts with the amazing crafts people. With growth in the business, project size, and your career, the time you allocate to different layers of the pyramid must evolve.
Appearance and Experience of Management Control
As your career develops and you grow into roles of greater responsibility, one of the biggest challenges is what Jennifer Garvey Berger calls “The paradox of the appearance of increasing control and the experience of decreasing control.”