How Do Great Leaders Solve Problems? By Asking a Question, and Then Shutting Up - Deepstash
The status quo with leadership

When a question comes up, you jump in. Leaders are supposed to have all the answers. When a situation is unclear, you jump in. Leaders are supposed provide clarity and focus.

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How Do Great Leaders Solve Problems? By Asking a Question, and Then Shutting Up

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A legendary music producer‘s way to solve problems

Rick Rubin, the former president of CBS Records, and a legendary music producer described how his problem-solving process evolved:

In the old days, I would say, "OK, here's the ...

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And the results?

"Nine times out of 10, the solution the artist comes up with is better than the solution I had. I usually have a solution in the background, just in case, but more often than not ... through di...

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Rubin has a simple approach to solve problems

Rubin's approach is to simply present a problem, optimally in a sentence or two. You can too. For example:

  • "We're struggling to meet ship dates. What do you think we should do differentl...

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It leads to empowerment and inclusiveness

By asking a question and keeping your own ideas or opinions to yourself, you accomplish two things. One, you truly give other people the opportunity to be heard. Even if you don't ...

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The bottom line?

Bottom line?

You already know what you know. What you need to know is what other people know.

So describe a problem, ask for input, and then stay&nbs...

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