People problems in a small media organization, Part 1

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If you are leading a team in a small media organization, you need to get the best out of your people. Everyone has to be a contributor. 

This is not just a selfish thing. You get the best out of people by helping them develop their own talents, overcome obstacles and reach their own professional goals. 

Ask questions, don't give solutions

If a member of your team comes to you with a problem -- for example, "I don't think Karl is showing enough commitment to his work" or "the technical staff is being rude to our salespeople" -- you will not help the person by providing a solution. 

  • First, the solution you propose might work for you but not for your colleague. You have different talents and experience. 
  • Second, providing a solution denies the person the chance to grow, to develop confidence in problem solving.  
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