There are two types of people you come into contact with at work: those that point out problems, and those that fix them. Can you guess which is more pleasant to work with… and because of that will rise through the ranks?
This may seem like common sense, but I’ve seen the same mistake made in startups and big business.
Those that are running the company or division, whether it’s the CEO of a startup or a VP of a large corporation, have a lot on their plate. Bringing them additional problems without a proposed solution and reasons to support that solution is adding more work for them to handle. On the flip side, bringing them problems with well thought out solutions, not only gives you the chance to show them your abilities, it makes their job much easier. Who would you promote?
What does a good problem/solution look like? Here are some points you may want to touch on depending on the severity of the problem:
- The Problem
- Who will be affected?
- How big of a problem is this + supporting reasons
- Why it happened?
- Can similar problems be averted in the future?
- The Solution
- How much does the solution cost?
- How fast can the solution be implemented?
- Why is this solution better than others?
Which type of person do you want to be?