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Reframing a challenge as a problem is the first step to getting it resolved

By Sue Beavil, Learning & Organisational Development Manager, Slater & Gordon

22 October 2015

Have you noticed over recent years that there has been a tendency in conversations for people to say "I have a challenge" rather than "I have a problem"? Having heard that phrase used recently, I found myself asking "when is
a challenge a challenge and a problem
a problem?"

If you pop the word 'challenge' into a search engine, you will be told that a challenge is about testing or contesting ability or strength. Alternatively, a challenge can be a request to prove or justify something. Do the same for the word 'problem' and you will be informed that
a problem is a situation which is regarded
as unwelcome or harmful; it needs to be dealt with and overcome and is often difficult to achieve.

Learning and development teams can help with both challenges and problems. Their first contribution is often in helping

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