Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders

ICLD 4.3 Problem-Management and Opportunity Leveraging: Discussion Board

Instructor: Dr. Mitch
  1. Post a new discussion related to the topics covered in this module.  Your post needs to provide specific lessons learned with examples from this module helping you enhance your leadership capacity at work.
  2. After posting your discussion, review posts provided by other students in the class and reply to at least one of them. 


  • One of the points I took away from this lecture was to spend more time defining a problem. As Albert Einstein said if he were to save the planet in one hour he would take 59 minutes to define the problem and 1 minute to resolve it. When one is able to define a problem well, they may find that the solution is pretty obvious and may already contain a solution. If the problem is defined properly, it will become easier to solve which will save considerably on time and resources. Leaders should take the time to learn how to define problems and also master the patience that it requires. It seems that if a solution is found and is obvious then the problem was defined well. I think it is also important to consider if the problem is worth solving, as some are probably not.

  • Reflecting on the Problem-Management and Opportunity Leveraging module, I realize how valuable the skills I learned are. Advanced empathy has taught me to listen and understand others’ perspectives, even if they differ from my own. Problem exploration has helped me to delve deeper into issues, looking beyond the surface to identify the root cause of a problem. Problem specification has taught me to state problems, breaking them down into manageable pieces.

    Goal setting and ownership have been instrumental in helping me to identify my own goals and help others identify theirs. Action planning has enabled me to create a roadmap to achieving my goals and those of others. Implementing action plans has taught me that planning is not enough; I must also execute those plans.

    Confrontation, self-sharing, and immediacy are skills that have helped me to communicate more effectively with others. I have learned that it is crucial to be direct, honest, respectful, and empathetic. Making an effective referral to a professional is a crucial skill that I hope I never have to use, but knowing how to do so could make a significant difference in someone’s life.

    Overall, the Problem-Management and Opportunity Leveraging module has equipped me with crucial skills that I can apply in my personal and professional life. I am excited to continue developing these skills and seeing how they can help me and others achieve our goals.

    • In summary, I highly value the skills I acquired through the Problem-Management and Opportunity Leveraging module. The advanced empathy, problem exploration, and problem specification skills have helped me to understand and tackle problems effectively. The goal setting, ownership, action planning, and implementation skills have enabled me to create a roadmap to achieve my goals and those of others. The confrontation, self-sharing, and immediacy skills have improved my communication with others. Lastly, making an effective referral to a professional is a crucial skill that I have learned, and I hope I will never have to use it. I am eager to continue developing these skills and using them to help myself and others succeed.

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