Have you ever had a colleague, client or employee come to you with a really difficult personal or business problem? Can you recall listening intently and asking lots of questions to make sure you had a good handle on what was really going on before you offered the perfect solution to the problem? How frustrating was it when the person failed to see the obvious genius of your idea? Have you ever muttered the phrase, “If this idiot doesn’t want a solution, why is he wasting my time with his stupid problem?”
If this sounds, familiar you will appreciate the situation of one of my clients, Richard. Incredibly bright, and articulate, Richard had successfully built two separate businesses into multi-million dollar enterprises. Passionate about his work, driven to success, he looked like an ideal CEO.