See Opportunities, Not Problems

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Leader heroes have a common view of how they see what is in front of them as compared to how others see the same things. Leader heroes solve the obvious problems others seem to ignore; yet they do so by seeing those obvious problems as unique opportunities. Leader heroes look at what has happened, and the results of what happened, and then change the future by

Leader heroes have a common view of how they see what is in front of them as compared to how others see the same things. Leader heroes solve the obvious problems others seem to ignore; yet they do so by seeing those obvious problems as unique opportunities. Leader heroes look at what has happened, and the results of what happened, and then change the future by doing something different at that moment.

One’s context of a given situation dictates their approach. If one sees problems all the time, they constantly tend to be in the ‘fixing’ or ‘correcting’ frame of mind. Problems are often the fault of a system or people. The ‘blame game’ tends to be a common approach when looking at who is responsible for and overcoming problems. Problems need to be corrected for efficiency and effectiveness, but oftentimes problems are fixed only to return later – much like a fire that has been put out but reignites later.

Leader heroes learn from the past but don’t relive it. When leader heroes look at past situations as an opportunity, they tend to see a chance to make better decisions, or improve a process, so that it is not only corrected but more importantly, in the future, the outcome is better than it was before the situation occurred. Leader heroes not only see the opportunity, but identify and remove the root instead of removing merely a symptom of a problem.

Seeing the chance for improvement is a future-looking opportunity that is quite different than problem-solving, which is a more present-tense need.

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