Read why and how to solve them
We all face problematic situations in business and may feel overwhelmed by them. At the same time a problem for one employee may not be one for someone else. It all depends on the level of consciousness and development in a specific area of life. Business problems have a personal touch that we cannot ignore. This is usually the reason why we look for experts and consultants when we face them. Specialists are in fact people who faced the problem so many times that they have found workarounds, techniques, methods and long lasting solutions.
The problem with problems is that team leader and CEOs may not realise that there is a one because they are not informed. Employee are not telling them directly that they have a problem. We may think our situation is normal or not going to change.
What does indicate that we have a problem?
We think of the situation again and again and organize meetings to discuss about it. We focus on defining the problem. Finding the responsible person or department. We are on the problem.
- Negative emotions
We observe nervousness, lack of enthusiasm, stressed out or irritated employees. Meetings and working within teams becomes a pain.
- Externalizing guilt
We accuse external factors or others for the situation. We blame other departments for not doing their job. We accuse others for not wanting to cooperate. We are the victims and others the perpetrators.
- Physical symptoms
Employees may have headaches, feel fatigue, and even get ill as a consequence of a problematic situation that is not dealt with.
- Compensation behavior
Employees start procrastinating, avoid interactions with other employees, start to indulge themselves with Social Media, food, alcohol and sometimes drugs…
- Avoid discussion
Teams prefer to not talk about it and ignore the existence of the problem. They deal with their daily business and disengage as soon as the problem pops up.
Why don’t we just solve the business problem?
- Low awareness
We may not make the connection between our emotions and physical state with the situation we are in. We are disconnect from our inner self and may be driven by our Ego. The ego will always look at the outside world to compare, judge and explain the world.
- No decision power
- Fixed mindset
A fixed mindset makes us believe that our competences are fixed and cannot be improved. When we face a problem we may believe that we are not able to raise to the situation.
- Stuck syndrome
Employees feel tighten up by cultural norms, self-doubts, impression that nothing can change… Employees are seeing their situation as impossible to change.
- Conflict avoidance
Employees may also be unable to face conflict in a positive way and prefer to avoid them. This means that they may sabotage their work, not talk about the problem, ignore feedbacks and so on.
- Pleasing others
Employees may also prefer to please others and more especially their hierarchical superior instead of sharing what they really think. If a supervisor says or do something that could damage the company development. An employee may see it, comment on it with colleagues but will not say a word to stop the catastrophe to happen. This is a negative consequence of hierarchy.
- Power conflict & internal politics
”We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
Consequences of not solving problems
Business are facing problem blindness. Problems challenge us to look at the world with new glasses. They tell us the way we behaved so far did not serve us. Most of the problems we have in life comes from a misunderstanding. I misunderstand you and interpret your actions and words based on my current mindset. You misunderstand me. All reasons listed above are so interrelated that it may seem impossible to solve the issues we are facing right now.
People change when the pain is too strong, when they cannot handle it anymore. Pain is a signal that we are ready to grow. Like the caterpillar who will become a butterfly. Like the child being given birth. Like the teenager who rebelles because he wants to grow. All this pain, emotions and thoughts are a calling.
When will the business world be in such a pain that it will have to change? When will societies realize how unaligned businesses are run? – Anne-Cécile Graber
We manage companies as if they were machines that just need simple orders, oil and gas to function when in reality we are dealing with human beings searching for sens, connection, purpose and fulfillment.
Why and how to shift paradigm?
Nowadays businesses takes into account the monetary aspect, the numbers, the KPIs, the Return on investment. We forgot why we came all together in big organisations. We forgot to serve each other. We are unconsciously harming the planet, the economy, the employees, the suppliers, and the clients because we made a decision years ago. Money is time. We can consciously decide to shift paradigm and decide that life is a luxury that we can enjoy.
There is not one answer fits all for how to shift your business. It means that you will have to find your way and dig deep within yourself to find answers. The shift that need to happen are:
Selecting the right expert
- struggle on your own
- struggle with others
- be accompanied by precursors