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Day 49 How to Lead by THE BOOK: Be Solution-Oriented!

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

One of the fastest ways to gain leadership in any endeavor is to solve problems. In an age where so many invest their energies into pointing out and complaining about what is wrong, those who offer solutions can quickly become standouts, gain influence and esteem.

One of the strategies I’ll include in How to Lead by THE BOOK is a sequence of steps to quickly and efficiently solve problems. There does come a time you have to stop discussing and decide, cease studying the race and join it, go past “sticking your toes in” and take the plunge.

David was a teenager when he slew Goliath. He had no official title at the time. Nor did he have any influence amongst the Israeli people. However, while everyone else was afraid of Goliath, and invested their energies in hiding from and fearing him, David solved the problem with one well placed stone to Goliath’s forehead!

If you want to become a better problem solver, here are three case studies to read, learn lessons from and apply. It will take you less than 20 minutes to peruse the three scriptures I’m listing. As you read these passages look for the lessons I’ve listed under each passage and you’ll develop a fresh perspective and effective system for solving any problem in your business or personal life.

1. Daniel Chapter 1.

Lessons to look for:

A. The importance of having pre-established values that make decision-making easier.

B. How to make wise appeals to someone with authority over you.

C. God’s rewards for obedience to His ways.

2. Matthew 14:15-21.

Lessons to look for:

A. How to consider different options and make a decision that is best for the organization overall, rather than do what is easiest for you in the short term.

B. How to focus on what you have to solve a problem, rather than lament about what you lack.

3. Acts 3:1-10.

Lessons to look for:

A. How to strike at the root of the problem and solve it once-and-for-all, rather than solve a short-term need that would repeat itself again and again.

B. Solving a problem doesn’t always mean giving someone what they ask for or expect.

C. Solving problems can bring immense glory to God for those who are the instruments of His work.