Don’t Bring Me Problems, Bring Me Solutions

This phrase has a good intention related to growing team empowerment and capability, but there are some potential negative side-effects. Let’s look at this from two perspectives: for the manager, what could you do instead, and for an employee, how could you have a more effective conversation with a manager who says this, even if you don’t have the solution.

In this episode, Richard and Peter answer the question: “I was in a 1:1 with my boss and I shared a problem I was observing on the team. She reminded me of her motto: ‘don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.’ The challenge was that I didn’t have a solution. Should I wait to share the problem until I’ve come up with a solution?”

They also get into why managers shouldn’t say this, even if their intentions are good, and what to do instead.

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