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Leadership Versus The Desire To Fix Problems

By Michael VanBruaene, Guest Blogger

A CEO/executive can have great satisfaction in fixing problems, but it may not be in the best interests of the organization; and a distraction from the important work of leading and directing the organization.

A leadership position has the authority, knowledge and perspective to do the quick fixes that subordinates may not be able to do as efficiently and effectively. However, this ability and willingness to resolve problems can be a trap that results in ineffective development of direct reports; lack of operational processes that mitigate the need for the same or similar fixes by the CEO; and/or uncertainty about roles, responsibilities and decision making authority of those that report to the CEO directly or indirectly. For more on this topic go to;

Michael VanBruaene was a KPMG Director and blogs at  Michael VanBruaene Organization Performance Improvement Services – Advancing Your Organization ( He can be contacted at

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