June 11, 2021

A problem passed

Petrified Tree

Maybe there are places where those around you will solve your problems for you. Most places though, not so much. Most places, everyone’s so busy sorting out their own issues, focusing on what they’re trying to do, concerned with their own objectives and accountabilities, that they’re unlikely, unwilling or just plain unable to dig in on anything else.

If there are places where a problem passed is a problem solved, it’s likely that the problem solvers are the ones that get on. Everyone else might get an easy life, but they are the ones that get noticed, get promoted, get asked to do more interesting and challenging things. They are the ones who get invited to the table, who get job offers, who create good will and are given the benefit of the doubt.

Skippy strategy: Build your team with people who prioritise the interesting over the easy.