This might seem to be just a difference in terminology but it impacts what I do in terms of planning and next actions. I want to be positive and collaborative when my partner identifies certain problems to be solved or suggest things that should or could improve our business and our work environment. Is my objective, which is to be more positive and collaborative, a project or an area of fous?
The last time I took for granted that a certain "quality" was a project, I partially failed in it. The quality should have been guiding my projects.
It might help to have some context for the present matter.
My partner usually suggests something believing that it will improve our business or the work environment and indicating that it is a solution to a problem. The problem is that the "solution" was not implemented. But, he suggests the first "solution" that comes into his head or the most recent thing he has heard from somebody and it sometimes is not a solution at all. He has done nothing to really analyze or identify the problem and will insist that I or we should implement a solution that is only partially relevant or is really part of a longer sequence of activities. Often these are in areas in which I know a little bit more, but I may not have the facts at hand or in readily digestible form. Or, because I am willing to find out more and gather the needed information, it becomes my job to do the research. In other words his solution becomes a problem for me to solve. And then it is up to me to me to fully explore the problem, research possible solutions. costs, possible benefits,etc. I have to practically write a term paper to challenge my partner's initial "solution". If I ask him to do the research he will settle on the first source of information he finds or the first "consutant". I have to have all the facts and all the figures at hand, or wait until something else captures his attention. These can be anything from hosting parties, having new signs made, solving problems with our building.
In theory we are equal but he has a stronger personality, more essential technical knowledge for our work, and access to more capital.