Tuesday, January 5, 2010

If you can't solve a problem, there is a lot of money to be made in prolonging it

A new year and a new decade, but many of the same old problems.  In trying to face the complexity of problems and issues facing us in the 21st Century, sometimes we just can't figure out what problem we are solving.  We get so caught up in our assessment or spin on the problem, that we loose site of what we're really trying to accomplish.  Business professor Ian Mitroff, in his book Dirty Rotten Strategies: How We Trick Ourselves and Others into Solving the Wrong Problems Precisely argues that by focusing on the wrong problem, we usually make matters worse.

My conversation with Ian Mitroff:

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