Don’t worry about the wrong problem

Most leaders fixate on the wrong problem.

The boss who can’t motivate their employee to show up on time fixates on them setting their alarm earlier.

The parent that wants their child to have better grades takes away their phone and sticks them with a tutor, but fails to ask What is school for? Is it for my child?

It seems so simple. But it’s not.

The answer to complex problems isn’t always suggesting the simplest solution and doesn’t often get to the root of chronic problems.

It’s lazy to think that simply changing behavior we can create desired outcomes.

Chronic problems require more thought and care. They require us to think about the system we have built. Reductionism isn’t the only explanation available.