Addressing Issues

Let’s keep this short and to the point: issues will not auto-magically solve themselves. Solutions do not appear in vacuums, but in flow.

That said, issues – civil or otherwise – will not appear without a dialog. Even if you’re a systems analyst, your computer will talk to you to tell you how to fix what you did wrong (whether you can understand that message is another matter).

Maybe this is an old topic and maybe this has been addressed in every book, company manual and a-b-c-d list blog to date, but when I walk into meeting where things are being held up because of a lack of communication, then I go home to silently feuding roommates because they don’t want to talk to each other, I get the idea that we’ve yet to get the message.

Since it bears repeating, I’ll repeat it until I’m blue in the face: issues aren’t going to solve themselves. We need a couple of open mouths, and about ten times more open ears, hearts and minds.

As an aside:

if you’re not willing to open your mind or your ears, then stop opening your mouth when it comes to bringing up issues.

I don’t understand people who deign to present 99 problems and swat down 1000 solutions that don’t fit their frame of reference,  but that’s a topic for another day. My point is that there should balance between the issues you bring up and the solutions you bring to the table. If you aren’t willing to listen, then don’t talk. Simple as that.

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