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Predicting 2D/3D Order Effects -- Question & Answer Listing  
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Question:
As a mentor, what can I do to I get my mentee to solve his/her own problems?

Answer:
One of the objectives of most mentor-mentee relationships is for the mentees to become a more confident, self-reliant individuals, who feel empowered to individually solve problems on their own and take on higher-level leadership positions. This is accomplished through the advice, support, encouragement, and relating of experiences given by the mentor. Mentors should not solve mentees problems for them, but give them the tools they need to solve them on their own. Demonstrate trust to build their confidence and encourage them to take on new challenges – no matter how big or small they are. These are just a few ideas. Check with the references provided for more information on this subject.

Question:
How can I prevent a small problem from becoming a major problem?

Answer:
One way to prevent small problems from becoming major problems is to recognize signs that problems are emerging and take decisive action on them so they do not get any worse. Remain alert for signs of trouble and train the members of your group or organization to look for them as well. Another way to prevent small problems from spiraling out of control is to have contingency plans in place that will enable you to respond more quickly and effectively to problematic situations. Note that these are just a couple general suggestions. Depending on the type of business or problem, other procedures may be more effective. Check with some of the listed references for more information on this subject.

Question:
How should a leader manage uncertain and ambiguous situations?

Answer:
How to deal with uncertain and ambiguous situations is difficult and requires more than just a simple answer. However, a few commonalities regarding the way effective leaders tend to manage uncertainty include: embracing it with confidence that fosters commitment from other members of the organization; employing effective communication practices that allow others to feel informed and included; establishing clear goals and priorities to help with decision-making; and often taking certain risks by trusting their own judgment and experience. Learn more about effective leadership skills from some of the references listed.

Question:
What are the benefits of contingency planning?

Answer:
Businesses often have contingency plans to follow in the event of an emergency. Contingency plans allow for business continuity by outlining procedures and activities to follow when a disaster occurs. Contingency plans can also refer to alternative arrangements an organization may have in the event that an activity they have planned cannot take place either when they scheduled it or how it was scheduled. For example, a Family Readiness Group may have picnic in the park planned for a Saturday afternoon. It might be wise to have a contingency (or back-up) plan for the picnic in case the weather doesn't cooperate. Perhaps it can be held on another pre-determined day or it can be converted into a potluck in the Family Readiness Center. Whether you are the leader of a corporation or a volunteer organization, it is wise to have contingency plans to prepare for unexpected events.

Question:
What is meant by "second and third order effects" of decisions?

Answer:
Second and third order effects of decisions refer to the rippling impact that some decisions have on others’ budgets, personnel, time or resources, etc., often indirectly. Leaders faced with these types of highly consequential decisions should identify a common purpose (and gain) for the others affected by the decision to enable them to obtain their acceptance and shared commitment.
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