It is valuable to allow the employee to solve as much Search andaman of the problem as possible. The more employees can solve their own problems, the more likely they are to carry through with the solution, AND the more independent they become. In problem solving, the chances are fairly likely that the person will not be able to solve the problem without help from you. It is important that you recognize the performance problem and the reasons for the problem.
It is also important that you plan solutions to the problem's resolution before you meet with the individual. If the employee engages in inappropriate problem solving -- blaming, excusing, defending, looking to others for the solution -- you need to be able to redirect the problem solving to a more productive vein. You may find that you have to TELL the employee what the acceptable solution is. Thoughtful planning and practice increase the chance of success as you manage performance.