And the results?

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 discussion, a better decision comes up than my knee-jerk reaction."

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

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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 go with their input, still: They walk away feeling they were able to contribute, and that their opinion is valued.

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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 problem, here's how we're going to fix it, let's fix it," and we move on.

Now, I'll say, "Here's the problem. What are we going to do?"

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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.

When you're in charge and a problem occurs, you jump in. Leaders are supposed to fix problems. 

But do you always have the best answer? The perfect insight? The best solution?

Usually not.

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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 differently?"
  • "Our error rate is up significantly. What do you think we should do to improve quality?"
  • "I don't feel like I'm connecting with certain people on my team. If you were me, what would you do?"

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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 quiet and listen.

You never know what you might learn.

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The Paradox Mindset

Is the willingness to embrace contradictions, and using them to seek new ways forward. eg: Einstein asking how an object can move while being still. Apple, an innovation powerhouse, with a CEO focused on "operational efficiency."

A 2017 study showed the employees who embraced the mindset, who thought it was not just challenging but even a little fun to overcome constraints, were the better performers -- especially where creativityproblem-solving was concerned.

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Technological advancement perceived as dangerous

It seems that every major scientific or technological advancement is immediately labeled "dangerous" by critics. 

  • The printing press was going to destroy our memory.
  •  Pasteur's groundbreaking work was followed by an anti-vaccine movement. 
  • Radio was going to destroy society; then it was television; then, the internet. 

Pushback against progress appears inevitable. Technology is usually morally indifferent. Smartphones can be used to video call your grandparents or order illegal drugs. How we use technology is what matters.

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Smart technology (probably) isn’t making you dumber

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WHAT IS CRYPTO ART?

Crypto art is a digital art form. It is treated like physical artwork collections, and owners may have verified ownership of a piece of crypto art. The art world has long had established systems for collection paintings or sculptures.

But until now, although it was produced, there was no clear way for people to collect digital artwork. Crypto art and NFTs allow you to do just that.

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What Is Crypto Art And How Does It Work? - Eden Gallery

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