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By Bill Baldwin | Chief Operating Officer|Kepner-Tregoe I am a big fan of sports movies and TV shows that transcend life lessons and create great parallels between sports, life and business. It’s a great TV drama about a high school football team in Texas, based on a famous book, which teaches life lessons through sports, creating great parallels to the world of business and what we do at Kepner-Tregoe (KT) as the leaders in problem solving.The most quotable character in the show is Coach Eric Taylor.
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
” --Winston Churchill “In times like these, it is good to remember that there have always been times like these.
It is effective adaptation to stress that allows us to live.
” -- George Vaillant “On the infrequent occasions when I have been called upon ...
None of the situations they faced in the new land were considered standard, nor were their solutions. So that first Thanksgiving, and many thereafter, one skill they gave thanks for was their ability to solve problems, think critically, see a solution where experience and upbringing dictated there wasn’t one.
Heroes of that time -- and every era thereafter -- were those who could think outside the box, build solutions, and then sell everyone around them on the wisdom of attempting what had never before been tried.
"Success is not a goal, it's a byproduct." – Coaches want touchdowns but they don’t coach touchdowns, they teach the process to get them.
Similarly, companies implement training programs and hire consultants for the results, but what we’ve found is that the hard work to implement a new problem solving process is what ultimately results in goals being achieved.
A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.” -- Harold Stephens “While average people are thinking negatively about problems, successful people view their problems positively. They eat them for breakfast.” -- Unknown “No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking.” -- Voltaire “Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.” -- Hugh Miller “Why?
Because problems create value; the more problems you can solve, the more valuable you will be, the more money you will make, the more responsibility you will have.” -- Brian Klemmer “It is not stress that kills us.