I was recently working on a presentation using my trusty PowerPoint program, when suddenly I began receiving error messages for some program files. At first I thought I had moved around some linked photos or inserts, but I quickly realized this was at the program level and not my fault. Within the hour, I was getting an error message with every click, which brought my presentation efforts to a screeching halt.
My husband is pretty quick to solve these types of problems, but I wanted to prove to myself, that with a little research and troubleshooting I could handle this fix on my own. After 3 days of reviewing discussion boards, contacting Microsoft, researching uninstalling and reinstalling programs, I was exhausted and hadn't gotten any closer to my solution. Overhearing my disgust with the outcomes, my husband asked me what was going on, to which I snapped back that I had it all under control. And his response was obvious, "It doesn't look like you do, MOVE."
With that, I slid out of my chair and gave him the mouse and of course... within 3 clicks, he had solved the problem I was straining over for 3 days. I didn't know whether to kiss him or hit him.
I thought over this story for days to follow and wondered what I was actually proving when trying to go it alone unecessarily. He obviously had the skills required to reduce my toil to minutes rather than days. After my reflection I realized this concept was called LEVERAGE. It is most certainly a tool intended to make hard things easier; to resolve an issue in minutes what would normally take days.
As I researched LEVERAGE I came across several components of the word that helped clarify this concept which can help us in business.