Knowing When You Shouldn’t Be a Problem Solver


Women in business are natural problem solvers, but are there times when solving problems for team members is a mistake? Minda Zetlin of suggests that there are times when you should curtail your innate desire to solve other people’s problems.

The truth is that just as people teach their children to think for themselves and try to come up with solutions to their problems so they grow to be independent thinkers and successful adults, business leaders need to give their employees the opportunity to thing for themselves and grow, too. Minda shares several situations when you shouldn’t always be the problem solver for your employees:

  • When they’re just looking for a sounding board or affirmation
  • When you think you’ll get better buy-in from them if they think they came up with solutions on their own
  • When you think your employees will be happier and better overall because they feel empowered

You can follow the link below to read all of Minda’s insights about curtailing your inner problem solver at appropriate times. When do you think it’s the right time to not solve problems for your employees? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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Susan Gunelius

Susan Gunelius is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Women on Business. She is a 20-year veteran of the marketing field and has authored ten books about marketing, branding, and social media, including the highly popular 30-Minute Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing for Dummies, Blogging All-in-One for Dummies and Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps. Susan’s marketing-related content can be found on,,,, and more. Susan is President & CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a marketing communications company. She has worked in corporate marketing roles and through client relationships with AT&T, HSBC, Citibank, Intuit, The New York Times, Cox Communications, and many more large and small companies around the world. Susan also speaks about marketing, branding and social media at events around the world and is frequently interviewed by television, online, radio, and print media organizations about these topics. She holds an MBA in Management and Strategy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

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