Stop Focusing On Problems

According to the old deficiency-based mythology, the only way to make progress in an organization or community is to focus on problems. Problems span the variety of what's wrong, who's to blame, how we're victims, what we can't control, what we're lacking and how we're failing. The problem conversation typically only has the power to maintain the status quo, even with all the emotion and motion it generates.

Things move forward more quickly and easily when we instead get inspired by conversations about assets and possibilities. This radical divergence attracts resistance from people too attached to inertia and cynicism. 

Things move forward when those interested in assets and possibilities engage what they have to do what they can to realize what they wish. It's that profoundly simple and powerful.