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128: Nat Greene: I found an inability to find reasonable people

//128: Nat Greene: I found an inability to find reasonable people

128: Nat Greene: I found an inability to find reasonable people

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Nat Greene has become a bit disillusioned by the direction of the country. The reason is because he has not been able to find reasonable people to find a reasonable discussion on things. People can’t pause and have a decent discussion and think about problems and work through them. He finds they have already dug in on a position without really looking into the problem.

Nat Greene was raised in Hong Kong with his parents and sister Pat. He attended high school in which his class spoke 40 languages and hailed from 50 countries, but perhaps his favorite education was walking around Hong Kong with his father—a professor of Metallurgy—learning about how different metals corroded and failed. Nat became quietly obsessed with engineering and fixing what was broken.

Nat left for the UK to receive a Master’s degree from Oxford University in Engineering Science and a PGC from Cambridge in Design, Manufacturing & Management. After moving to the United States, he attended the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management program and joined the Young Presidents’ Organization to improve his organizational leadership skills.

Out of school Nat became a professional problem solver, and then co-founded Stroud in 2001, at the age of 28. He has led its growth into a global business, delivering unparalleled performance improvement results for businesses across the world. Nat’s Abundant Thinking mindset serves as Stroud’s guiding compass, and his vision for personal and professional development have helped Stroud win more of Consulting Magazine’s “Best Small Firm to Work For” awards than any firm in history.

In 2015 Nat co-founded ReConsider, expanding his mission of unleashing potential beyond business and into the American democracy. His long-term vision is to re-build the middle-ground in US politics and enable the US political system to expand prosperity for all Americans into the 21st century. Here he co-authored Wedged, which examines the root causes behind American political polarization.

In 2016, he launched his latest project, Stop Guessing, aimed at developing a million great problem-solvers to solve the hardest and most pressing problems facing the world.

In life, Nat strives every day to leap out of bed with excitement for what awaits him, and surrounds himself with people that are always teaching and challenging him. He ardently pursues his goal to start 40 new ventures that leverage market forces to make a major positive impact on the world. Nat is married to his college sweetheart and together they have four children. They live in Marblehead, MA, by the ocean.

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“You get less creative results when people sit in a room and brainstorm.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“When people brainstorm, you actually end up with very few options.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“Hard problems are immune to guess work.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“The success we have in solving simple problems handicaps us in approaching hard problems.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“When you’re guessing, you’re limiting yourself to the realm of the known.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“It’s very hard to guess something you don’t know.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“People call guessing nice words like hypothesis or idea.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“Get out there and smell the problem.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“You’ve got to use all your senses to study the problem.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“If you don’t know what your problem is, how could you possibly come up with the right solution.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“Great problem solvers; they just go look at the problem.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“When you can define a problem really well you’re half way to solving it.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“If you decide you’re not going to make progress, you’re certainly not.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“How would you behave if you told yourself solving the problem was simple?” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“If there’s no process for people to solve problems, how can we move forward?” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet

“When you’re facing a hard problem, you’ve got to have hope.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“Without hope there’s no moving forward.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“With hope, you can do anything.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“It’s overwhelming when you try and do stuff far outside of your ability in one go.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

“If you listen more it helps you understand people better.” -Nat Greene Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

Nat Greene has become a bit disillusioned by the direction of the country. The reason is because he has not been able to find reasonable people to find a reasonable discussion on things. People can’t pause and have a decent discussion and think about problems and work through them. He finds they have already dug in on a position without really looking into the problem.

Advice for others

Stop guessing.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

I keep trying to jump the cliff in one bound. I need to break it down into manageable pieces.

Best Leadership Advice

About hiring and firing people at work. You need to ask yourself, ignoring the past and why you hired them. Knowing what you know about the position, would you hire the person.

Secret to Success

I’m lazy. I don’t like to do unnecessary things.

Best tools that helps in Business or Life

Problem solving.

Recommended Reading

Stop Guessing: The 9 Behaviors of Great Problem Solvers

The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder

Contacting Nat

Website: https://www.stroudinternational.com/

Blog: http://www.radicallybetter.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathanielgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Greene_Nat

Resources and Show Mentions

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Your Fast Leader Show host is Jim Rembach. Jim is a panel expert with the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and spent many years in contact center operations and leverages this to help others. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner, Certified Employee Retention Specialist, Certified Better Place to Work Expert, and frequently quoted industry expert.