"Don’t Bring Me Problems—Bring Me Solutions!"
I recently heard Frances Frei, an associate professor in the Technology and Operations Management Unit at Harvard Business School, comment that “one of the more counterproductive things a manager can say is ‘Don’t bring me problems— bring me solutions!’” I wanted to hear more—and thought that HMU’s readers would want to listen in.
This article appeared in the March 2007 issue of Harvard Management Update.

From India, Coimbatore

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This is the most difficult part in handling associates,giving solutions instead of problems.
From Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Good 'perspective' shared. Thanks
THAT is a familiar well framed 'adornment' to be found on the Tables of many Managers.
Most instances, it CAN result in subordinates 'suppressing/hiding problems' for fear of NOT being listened/heeded to - as they do not have solutions.
It can also be an 'easy cover' for a Manager to escape 'tackling problems' or 'providing solutions'.
Truly - the 'adornment' - while being catchy/flashy can be unproductive !
IF the Manager has developed his subordinates, the 'adornment' would be a 'good motivator for the subordinates to take initiatives to work out solutions' and a 'proud display of the Manager's confidence in them'

From India, Pune

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