PROBLEM MANAGEMENT Under excellent leadership a problem seldom reaches gigantic proportions, because it is recognized and fixed in its early stages. Great leaders usually recognize a problem in the following sequence:
1. They sense it before they see it (intuition).
2. They begin looking for it and ask questions (curiosity).
3. They gather data (processing).
4. They share their feelings and findings to a few trusted colleagues (communicating).
5. They define the problem (writing).
6. They check their resources (evaluating).
7. They make a decision (leading).
Great leaders are seldom blindsided. They realize that the punch that knocks them out is seldom the hard one—it’s the one they didn’t see coming. Therefore, they are always looking for signs and indicators that will give them insight into the problem ahead and their odds of fixing it. They treat problems like the potential trespasser of an Indiana farm who read this sign on a fence post, “If you cross this field, you better do it in 9.8 seconds. The bull can do it in 10 seconds.”
—Developing the Leader Within You
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR INTUITION, AND FOLLOW UP WHEN SOMETHING STRIKES YOU.
Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.
If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask
Henry David Thoreau
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