When problems arise (as they inevitably will), how do you respond? Leaders set the emotional climate for their team, so it is vital that our response to problems keep moral high and ingenuity flowing. One way to do this is to present problems not as an opposition, but as an opportunity.
I once told my assistant, “we don’t have problems, we have solutions!” It was that perspective shift that encouraged us to dive deep into the problem because buried in there somewhere was a solution. Everyone wants to come up with the latest and greatest idea. But what few fail to realize is that the greatest solutions come from the greatest problems.
When faced with a difficult situation, a negative “opposition mindset” stunts creative problem-solving. It can also make the problem feel tougher, more confusing, and more complicated that it actually is. On the other hand, a positive “opportunity mindset” opens the door for creative solutions. Viewing problems as opportunities can be a breading ground for excitement and innovation.
Embrace the problem. Birth a solution.
Remember, opportunity often comes wrapped in opposition.