Tag: problem

Death by 1,000 Paper Cuts

We’ve all done it.  As you open an envelope or turn the pages of a magazine, the paper’s edge slices into your finger, causing you to wince with pain.  While not requiring emergency medical care, a nasty paper cut stings more than a trip to the dentist on Tax Day. Yet these small wounds, if […]

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Fall in Love with the Problem, Not the Solution

Imagine you have a brilliant idea to start a company. A lightning-bolt of inspiration led you to invent a razor blade for daily shaving that pivots more gently with special blades that last longer. You’re totally focused on this product idea as you raise money and launch your business.  Unfortunately, you’re complete focus on your new solution […]

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Attack The Problem, Not The Person

“Jim, we’re in this mess because of you!” “I told you we’d lose the client, Jane. This is all your fault. You never get it right!” “The kids wouldn’t behave this way if you weren’t such a bad father, Bill.” We’ve all heard words like this from bosses, parents, spouses, teachers and colleagues. I’m sure […]

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Threading the Needle

In business (and life), you are constantly faced with challenges that seem insurmountable. Your inner voice says “it can’t be done”, and your may give up before even trying. The thing is – obstacles often have a creative solution if you take the time and effort to approach them in an unconventional way. When a […]

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