The problem is…

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The problem is…

I like to think of myself as an optimist, ‘there’s no problem that can’t be fixed’ is the reassuring motto I grew up with. The problem is that sometimes there are just too many of them; reining towards me like a meteor shower in the spring. I don’t know about you, but I find it extremely hard to process one problem while half a dozen others fight for attention on the side-lines of my brain. I guess that’s what they call ‘overload’?

I remember an ex-boss once saying to me, at a particularly inopportune moment, “Harley there is no such thing as problems, only challenges”. The irritation I felt at that moment, even today makes the muscles in my back tense when I think about it. I am not usually a violent man but that Friday afternoon, back in 2004, I could have seriously become one.

But the saddest thing of all, is that I bring it on myself! Sometimes I try and pretend that God exists and it is his will that I spend my life out in the world finding as many problems as I can to solve. At other times, my wife reminds me that I simply take on too much.  And here’s the bottom line of this week’s blog:

There is an ironic contradiction that keeps us all busy. While we know that to survive we must constantly look outside for new opportunities (and dare I say ‘challenges’), inside our businesses, many of us have real problems that need solving by real people, in real time. Adding more external complexity, only makes matters worse. So I believe that it is a company’s ability to manage the ‘new’ while maintaining the ‘existing’, which can set it apart from its weaker rivals.

Have a good week,



2016-11-17T08:23:53+00:000 Comments

About the Author:

Harley is a dynamic 'we can do this' kind of person with a successful track record of working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors. From very small family run businesses right through to giant multi-nationals. Over the last thirty five years Harley has built a reputation for inspiring those around him to rout out and tackle the core problems facing their organizations. Armed with a wide range of pragmatic tools that he has developed over the years, Harley is able to help his clients bring about long-term, sustainable solutions, while having fun at the same time. Harley is a motivational 'people person' who is nonetheless tough on efficiency and delivery. Apart from being well known for his highly entertaining and motivational speeches, Harley is also a blogger and author of four books; 'The Change Manager's Handbook', 'Transition', 'Inspirational Leadership’ and ‘Making a Difference’.

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