Most careers are not linear. They don’t begin at an ideal starting point and progress until they land at a dreamy ending. Chances are we will come to many crossroads in our careers that will force us to make an imperfect decision. We may not have all the facts or know how a new position will be viewed in our organizations. We may be moved to an unfamiliar department or asked to work with an undesirable boss or co-worker. It may be necessary to take on additional responsibilities that will totally topple our daily apple cart. Or we may just have to take on tasks that we feel are out of our job requirements and… Continue reading | 4 Comments
This past week I needed to replace my old gas lines with new pipes to connect with an updated system. Although going through the process was a bit uncomfortable, there really was no choice if I no longer wanted water in my gas line. To make this happen, the gas company had to dig deep to locate my current hook-ups and re-trench my property with the new pipes. Holding off was just a temporary solution and a poor choice at that. I had to embrace this total property upheaval if I no longer wanted to lose heat or hot water.
The leaders in my recent leadership programs focused on getting to know what makes them tick. They spent a great deal of time looking inwards to get a feel for how they behave and present themselves to team members as well as to colleagues. For many, it was an eye-opening process to realize they are extremely methodical or naturally run with their gut.
One participant shared:
“I have no patience to listen to long drawn out stories and procedures. Why can’t people just get to the point?”
Another participant revealed:
No leader can make it on their own. We may sometimes think it is best to drive our dreams in a solo airplane, but that will get us just so far. When we hit brick walls and can’t seem to push ourselves forward, we often need to turn to the people we work or collaborate with to give us a little kick or help. So if each of us needs assistance and encouragement at different points, why are we sometimes reluctant to offer it to others? What are we afraid of or why aren’t we extending a helping hand?
This past week I reconnected with a woman in an organization I partner with frequently. She is relatively new to her job and wants to propel the institution forward in a big way. She has a dream and a vision but limited resources. This is how the conversation went:
Her question to me: “ I have a potential client for you to work with but I need to know immediately if you are available on those dates.”
To which I responded: “ I am available but have a question about the program.”
Her response: “That’s not possible to do. Unfortunately I need an answer now.”