I am sure you are wondering ‘why are we cleaning pigs???’ Well I guess you have to keep reading to find out.I’d like to say happy new year (& decade) as it’s the first blog post of 2020.
As I shared in my last blog, I have been on a journey to rekindle & share my love for reading & books . In the same vein I have also been thinking of ways I could make this blog more interactive and useful for readers . I know some people find reading whole books daunting or don’t even have the time .So I thought ‘why not share nuggets from books you read?’The blog is called is called ‘life thru my lenses’ after all.
And so here goes!
The first book I will be sharing from is;
‘Pig Wrestling:The brilliantly simple way to solve any problem and create the change you need’ by Pete Lindsey & Mark Bawden
It is quite a short book(131 pages) and one that most people will be able to get through in a relatively short time. The key insights from the book are presented a relatable storytelling format through the lens of the protagonist who is simply called ‘The Young manager’. The ‘Young manager’ was facing a ‘pig of problem’.In simpler terms, his team(s) just can’t seem to get along.In a conversation with an old barista at the coffee shop in his office building,he is introduced to a technique that would help solve his problem & create the change he needed within his organisation.
Please see below a few lessons that I took away from the book. It was an interesting take on how to view ‘problems’ or challenges . It provides a framework which could be applied to problem solving which is a very sought after skill in today’s world.
1. When you encounter a ‘perceived’ problem,carry out an evaluation to determine if this is really a problem.
Ask yourself the following questions
a)how is this a problem for me?
b)do I have the full picture?
c)is solving it an urgent priority?
2. What frame or lens are you viewing the problems through? A quote from the book stated
‘ Your power increases immensely when you take control of the frames through which you view the world’.
One of the first steps to solving a problem is changing the frame/lens through which you view it.
3. It is beneficial to take the time to factually describe a problem rather than prematurely label it.A lot of times the labels,stories or assumptions that we apply to a situation cause them to persist. A quote that captured this;
‘We must take control of the stories we tell and the descriptions we apply to our lives’
4. Rather than starting with how to solve a problem, start with thinking about how you would know the problem is solved.
5. Determine where and when the problem occurs. On the flip side also figure out when and where it does not.As stated earlier don’t just assume,explore the various contexts/variables.
6. A more productive way of viewing people (the root cause of most problems) is to explore how what could be perceived as a negative attribute could be turned into a positive one. One of the easiest ways to effect change is to worry less about fixing deficits but redirect energy. Try to appeal to people’s core talents and passions and not the box you have placed them in. A quote that sums this up was;
‘Every person’s map of the world is as unique as their thumbprint. There are no two people alike. No two people understand the same sentence in the same way. So in dealing with people try not to fit them to your concept of what they should be’- Milton Erickson
7. Be open to the fact that sometimes,you could be the problem.Explore that option &make sure it isn’t
8. Lastly, bear in mind that being quick to judge means you will often find ‘problems’ even when there are none
The ‘Young manager’ applied all of the above to ‘clean his pig’ and was able to get to the root cause of his team’s inability to work together. He was also able to find a solution that allowed him to effect the change needed.
Overall it was a good book and I would recommend reading the entire book if ‘problem solving’ is an area of interest.It did get quite wordy at certain points and that says a lot for quite a short book. That said I still think it’s worth a read and is a book I would probably read again or refer back to at some point.
I hope you find this useful and would love to read your thoughts on the summary. Thank you so much for reading and do have a lovely day & week ahead