A Holistic Approach to Problem Solving – B V Krishnamurthy

When you’re stuck on a problem, it often helps to step back and look at the bigger picture. You see things differently and discover new solutions. What I ask participants in my Total Leadership program to do is take the “four-way view” – the interaction among work, home, community, and self – and come up with creative ways of bringing them together into a more coherent whole. I’ve found that when you do this, you see opportunities for change to which you were previously blind. The happy result: improved performance and satisfaction all the way around.

As an example, I was speaking the other day to a client (let’s call her Susan) who, at the end of one of our planning meetings for an upcoming project, told me that she was leaving the organization and moving. She wouldn’t be able to continue as the project manager for an exciting program we’re about to launch. She was relocating because her husband’s job required it. She was dismayed at not being able to see this project to its end, a project that holds great promise for being a potential groundbreaking approach to leadership development in a religious community.

Being able to be open to talking with advisors you trust is an underappreciated art. My client, by sharing her concern and asking for input from me, made room for us to brainstorm. She wanted to be able to continue on this project, which was clearly important for her career and for her own sense of personal achievement…[…]

Read full article via  Harvard Business Review.

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B V Krishnamurthy is the Director and Executive Vice-President of Alliance Business Academy in Bangalore, India, where he is also the ASI Distinguished Professor of Strategy and International Business.

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