In the video above, we talked about how difficult it can be to define what makes for effective leadership. We used the example of the different military leadership styles of Montgomery, Patton, and Rommel. Montgomery was cautious and would not move until equipped with overwhelming resources. Patton and Rommel were more flexible and took more significant risks. Rommel constantly attacked – regardless of his circumstances.
The three had very different characteristics but were seen by authoritative writers as the most effective generals of WWII. We can see from their different personalities and approaches that defining the characteristics of an effective general is hard.
Taking a broader view, we find factors that can make defining challenges hard:
Subjectivity: Challenges and possible solutions are often seen very differently by people – even people within the same organisation. Finding common ground requires an approach where everyone in the room works together to find consensus.
Changing circumstances: As circumstances change over time, problem definitions also shift and developing solutions that are effective in the long term becomes an ongoing challenge. In looking to resolve challenges, we can see then that they are often hard to define, and significant hurdles can lie in our way.
Time to see your trickiest challenges in an innovative new way! In this paper, we identify a different kind of challenge that could be inhibiting or worse risking your whole organisation. We describe it's Essential and Supplementary Elements and provide a Six IT approach to resolving it.