The contributors round the table are, in turns, articulate and persuasive in their advocacy of their particular way of looking at the problem and their approach to its solution. After all, their understanding really has helped them solve significant problems in the past.
Don’t we all do this?
We push the method we think is needed. There’s nothing bad about that.
But then we often go wrong….
We act as if our method is the answer, when it’s much more likely to be just one of many essential conditions for success. Our method is part of the answer, sure, but not all of the answer. We need more pieces, and the chances are they’re going to come from other people. We need to gather all the component parts of the solution. And we need to be open to them in the first place.
Success typically takes more steps than we expect. We need to get a whole chain of things right. If some are missing, success will elude us.
Your answer is likely essential, but probably not enough on its own. Be open to receiving the other pieces you need.
How do you spot what’s missing from the solution as a whole?