Most of us wish we had more options in our work as team leaders. The tough choices we need to make on a regular basis would be a lot more manageable if only there were some better alternatives. The question is, how can we come up with better alternatives when workplace realities aren't always heading in a better direction?
Switching from an "either/or" to a "both/and" perspective can help a lot. The difference is in your approach to problem-solving. If you're always looking for the single perfect key to unlock a problem, then you tend toward an "either/or" approach--a solution is either the key, or it isn't.
A "both/and" approach is more like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. It requires lots of little solutions, and piecing together numerous different relationships, to put the picture together. This process demands a bit more tolerance of uncertainty from supervisors--but it also enables us to reduce conflict and create a b...(register to read more)