Too often businesses struggle with the idea that the perfect product or service will be a completely pain free process. In fact, many companies have mottos that drive toward perfection, success, and guaranteed positive results. However, what many companies miss is the opportunity to embrace problems. Contrary to popular belief, problems can actually be the thing that makes your company better than anyone else’s.
“Every problem is a gift- without problems we would not grow.” Anthony Robbins’ famous quote perfectly underlines exactly how much of a positive impact problems can have on their business. Going through a journey without your business ever experiencing issues or problems is unrealistic; problems are a natural part of any company. However, too many companies respond simply by trying to hide or push down the issues as quickly as possible and end up not learning from them or their mistakes at all.
Treating each problem in your company’s life cycle as a gift involves reframing your company narrative and demonstrating just how powerful positive thinking can be in terms of improving company performance. Every problem you encounter points out a flaw and place for improvement in your current company design. Each hiccup and bounce along the way will help move you forward towards a more productive, informed, and nuanced company approach. If you can train your team to treat problems as the powerful learning opportunities and gifts that they are, you can begin building a framework of continual improvement that promotes personal and professional growth.
Reframing company narratives can be a challenging process, especially if you have many employees who are used to working with the “old way of things.” In these cases, it’s even more important to engage with them and help them understand why a transition in company mission can be so effective. With one switch, you can begin rewriting your company culture for the better, creating an environment where everyone wants to work and feels excited about the path ahead. Viewing every part of your business’s journey, whether success or problem, as a gift and growing opportunity creates a business that every employee can be proud of. Take the time to reframe your narrative today and reap the benefits of a more motivated and productive team well into the future.