Defining a Problem within a Group

If it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between real and perceived problems on your own, the difficulty is much greater when you are told of a problem by someone else. For instance, your boss asks you to call a meeting for all paralegals to explain how to correct the problem of poor communication. "Why aren't your e-mails getting read by the attorneys on time?" he asks. Your boss wants the paralegals to somehow change the way they send e-mails. However, after looking into the situation, you discover that the real problem is that the attorneys are not in the habit of checking their e-mail often enough.

Sometimes pinpointing the real problem must involve taking a step back and figuring out if the right question is being posed. The problem described above can't be solved by asking, "What can the paralegals do differently?" It can be solved by asking, "How can we get the attorneys to read their e-mail more frequently?"

When you are certain you are dealing with a real problem and you must solve it in or as a group, you must lead others to see that real problem. Some may be focused on the symptoms or consequences of it, while others may have made assumptions about the problem. In order to find a successful solution, everyone needs to clearly understand the problem.

Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion

To do this successfully you need to build a clear path of action by using tools if necessary. These tools would be facts, evidence and stories which you know they can relate to. Plus you always want to have their best interests at heart, in other words, you know what is good for them

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