Hammers and Nails

January 16th, 2017 by Patricia Jehle Leave a reply »

Hammers and Nails and Problems and Solutions

I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail. Maslow in “Toward a Psychology of Being”

Let’s be careful not to make every solution a hammer and nail solution.


The Concept

Different challenges and problems need different ways of solving them, in fact, there could be more than one way to solve a situation. And with complex issues, there may be many steps or parts to a solution.

In Coaching

What am I saying? Well, in clothing terms, “one size does not fit all.” In coaching terms it could be that one theory has a better solution for one challenge and another kind of coaching has a solution that fits better with a second issue. This is one of the reasons why I have several different theories under my belt and continue to learn as I go.

Of course we all have our favorites and strengths. Mine are psychology (in general) and systems theory, but I do not solely use these constructs to help me with coaching, of course I use an “artist’s pallet” of tools and theories.


For You

This phrase should also apply to your business or your job: one solution may work in one case, but you may need another tool or method of problem-solving next time. This is why we should al be careful not to look at a situation with blinders or tunnel vision.

Some Questions

Here are some questions for you to think about this week regarding your problems:

What is my biggest challenge at the moment? When I put it on a scale, how important is it to me to solve this issue? By when would I want it solved? What was a previous solution to a situation that I was satisfied? How did I arrive at that solution?

and so on…

Have a great week!

Patricia Jehle



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