Do the Leadership “LIFT” to Get a Problem Moving Forward

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer” – Albert Einstein

Problems are part of the everyday reality of a leader. If you are not regularly facing, confronting and solving problems, it is highly unlikely that you are moving the ball forward in your leadership.

Solving problems is the norm. However, some problems may have bigger impact and appear to have a wide range of viable options for success than others.

The following, easy to remember, acronym for getting to the best solution of a multi solution problem is a useful tool to use with your team in a group context, or to instill in the mindset of the individual leaders of your organization.

L – List any and all possible solutions to the problem at hand.

Feel free to think big and outside of the box. Let your imagination and creativity be your guide as you think through a wide range of possible scenarios and fixes.

I – Inspect the list in a new light with a new perspective.

After you have let your imagination create a broad list of solutions, next put your solutions under the microscope of best possible outcomes and narrow it down to your top 5.

F -Filter the options.

Think through all of the possibilities. What are the resources needed, highest efficiency ideas, highest impact direction, ratio of relational needs, long term consequences and repercussions. You will need to spend some time in prayer over each possibility and possible solution.

T – Target the solution.

Choose the option that has passed through the filter with the least resistance and that has been confirmed in prayer as the best case scenario for solving the problem. Share your targeted solution with some of your wise counsel and pull the trigger when all has been confirmed and affirmed for your solution.

Hopefully having a framework for your problem solving process will provide the extra insight you need. What have you used as a process in prior problem solving scenarios that you could share?


About Ken McGarity

With vast experience as a successful entrepreneur and active in ministry leadership for many years, Ken McGarity is most recently engaged as a Church Growth Consultant and Strategist, as well as Christian Leadership Coach to today’s up and coming Christian leaders.

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