When problematic situations occur, remember, you don’t have to solve them yourself, particularly if others are impacted.

Specify the issue, as you see it, and invite others to work with you to brainstorm potential solutions. Before you begin generating ideas, explain the process by which the successful solution will be selected – for example, you’ll take input and decide alone? By majority vote? By consensus, or some other means?

A diversity of input facilitates a wider range of solutions than you’ll likely develop independently. The added benefit: greater buy-in to the outcome. People tend to be more committed to implementing ideas they’ve had a hand in creating.

Demonstrate your respect for the capabilities of others. Ask for their help and put their good ideas to work. This strategy applies at work and at home.

 

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