Gut Work

Is the effort extended to identify the problem matched by the effort to solve that problem?


How many times have you seen an institution devote extraordinary efforts to identify a problem yet do little or nothing to solve that problem? For example:

  • Leaders hire experts to figure out the problem but commit no resources to solve the problem.
  • or

  • Leaders use surveys/interviews to figure out the problem yet fail to report the findings and/or act on those findings.
  • or

  • Leaders have the forethought to pilot a new innovation yet have no plans to immediately adopt the innovation if it is determined to be a superior option.
  • Identifying a problem is often the political part. Making a commitment to solve the problem takes a leader with guts.

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