Solving Problems Together

Solving Problems Together

In this episode, Dave and Justin discuss how we solve problems better together. They approach the topic from a wide variety of angles and contrast the Old Testament approach (rigid and hierarchical) with the New Testament ideal (agile and connected as a body). Here are the notes from the show:

  • People support what they help build
  • Startups work tirelessly for little compensation – why do they do this? Purpose. There is a parallel with how fast the early church grew.
  • Critics say “it takes too long to include people in decisions”. This is only half true. It does take longer up front, but organizations are more aligned and effective on the back end of collective decisions. See “The Open Organization” by Jim Whitehurst.
  • PwC: 59% of large change projects end up with negative ROI
  • Three reasons why organizations succeed in solving problems:
    • Senior and middle managers and frontline employees were all involved
    • Everyone’s responsibilities were clear
    • Reasons for the project were understood and accepted throughout the organization
  • Good project management is hard to come by. It’s like air. If you notice it, it’s a bad thing.
  • God never desired a hiearchy – see the 12 tribes created in the OT. 1 Samuel 8:10 “as it goes for the king, so it will go for you”.
  • Romans 12:2 – “do not conform to the pattern of this world”. Paul was referring to the hiearchy of kings. Paul was calling for Christians to leverage individual talents for the whole.
  • Doesn’t meen we need consensus – but it DOES mean we need to use our “sensory” system to include the whole in solving problems
  • Pro tips for solving problems together
    • Discovery isn’t a four letter word
      • often the thing that organizations say they “don’t have time for”
      • implicitly value “doing” at the expense of “thinking”; when it’s really a false dichotomy – one makes the other better if done in the right sequence
    • Enabling technology like wikis & internal social networks
    • Collective intelligence rituals – talked about this before – tools like after action reviews help enforce a collaborative problem solving culture

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