Beware what you magnify, it expands and expands. That is the Parkinson's Law.
I was talking to this executive a few weeks ago and he said he is very busy dealing with some of the issues they are having with his organization. Fair enough, I left him alone with his busyness.
The fact that busyness is a sort of a prized, default position is alarming. If busyness is the blueprint for great work, there are thousands of organizations that would qualify for the prized award or recognition.
The work of dealing with issues in the organizations should not underestimated. It is tough and therefore could be frustrating in many times. But the fact that if the problem continues to persist, and that interventions seem to be wholly inadequate to respond to the problem, you might need an expert opinion or an independent sounding board to get your head out of the weeds so you can see the forest. That perspective would not only be effective, it would be a breakthrough for most of the time.
Going round and round like a hamster in a wheel, redoubling your efforts while you do not see results is insanity. The problem will just get bigger and bigger while the solution becomes unreachable.
Think about what you are focusing in your problem-solving.
Are you really solving the problem or creating more problems by letting it pester and get worse with ineffectual remedies?
Are you focused on band-aid solutions or lasting changes?
No matter how excellent you are in what you do, when you are tired, feeling low, and lacking self-care, you can slip into an auto-pilot and bad things can happen.
What to do when you feel that the tank is getting low?
1. Get out of your routine and walk around.
2. Ask for help and delegate.
3. Refuse to be involved in pity parties and complaints bureau.
4. Talk to a family member, friend, and a trusted advisor.
5. Call it a day and sleep.
6. Power down all tech gadgets and social media.
7. Journal your thoughts and write the best moments you want to cherish.
8. Exercise and breathe fresh air.
9. Watch a funny movie, listen to your favorite music, and play with a pet.
10. Enjoy silence and solitude.
Have peace in yourself and bounce back tomorrow.
Last week, I met two service providers and had a chat about business. Both of them have admittedly, that their businesses were not doing particularly well.
One cited the lack of clients, while the other one cited the lack of time for the delivery.
Obvious to their situation, it doesn't take time to figure out that both of these professionals lack the awareness of their own marketing effectiveness or just plain effectiveness.
Time is also a silly excuse considering that this is not an avocation but a fully operational business. Lack of time to market and get in front of your customers means that you have decided that doing other activities are important than that. Period.
Lack of client means one thing: you are lacking the activity that will attract, convert, and retain those clients that are precious for your business to grow.
You can control these variables: time, talent, and available resources.
If you are, not then either you have given up, have inadequate strategies, or you are not executing those things that you know you should be doing.
Check yourself in the mirror.
There is a vast number of non-profits and start-up companies in the galaxy looking or searching for financial resources to enable them to do what they want to do.
Director A said: Well, we don't know what the government will do next, we just have to wait and see!
Director B said: We don't know what the government will do next, we will go ahead despite the uncertainty and forge a strong future so we can mitigate these vacillations.
Who do you think has a better fighting chance getting out of this stronger, better, and more successful?
All about mindset, my friend.
When every one is trying to defend their previous standing, those that are willing to invest in a longer term sustainability will have the likelihood of actually making it.
"Promise me, son, not to do the things I've done.
Walk away from troubles if you can.
It won't mean your weak if you turn the other cheek.
I hope you're old enough to understand.
Son, you don't have to fight to be a man."
Sounds familiar? Kenny Rogers 's story-telling through songs is impeccable. Gets me down the memory lane every time I hear this song.
This article has nothing to do with silly fights and adolescent baptism of fire. This is about turning the other way when presented with situations that not only put you in a disadvantaged position but also jeopardizes your future ability to exercise your leadership and overcome challenges.
Whether you own a business, manage a million-dollar project, or run a team in your department, there are times when you are confronted with an ethical situation or a gray issue. When in doubt, it is time to reflect on the following:
Am I acting in good faith, being firm about my intentions, objectives, and desires on this specific situation?
Is the other party acting in good faith? Are they acting and behaving consistently with their intentions and objectives on the issue? Are they pushing too hard, delaying, or withholding important information?
Am I presented with a situation that is unscrupulous, way out of the normal bounds of ethics or appropriate behavior? Is the deal too good to be true or laced with conditions that will undermine my sense of control and options?
If you have answered no or maybe to the last two questions, walk away from any situation that will unnecessarily create entanglements, compromises, and deals that are not in your best interests to pursue. Find an adviser who can sort things out for you and better yet delay the decision until you have some clarity around the issues that you want to resolve.
"Walk away from troubles, son..."
Executives trying to make a difference in their roles, making an important decision, or improving their organization should always ask: So what?
Data is easily generated these days. Sometimes, it takes the place of Strategy, instead of using judgements to create a singularity of purpose. When this happens, data will fail in pointing you to the right direction. Humans interpret data, not the other way around.
Creating a calm above the data noise is very important. Asking so-what questions eliminates the overdependence on data and trends, focuses the attention on the long-term objectives, and frees up the mind to think beyond the here-and-now, short-term gains.
Do you ask a lot of so-what questions, lately?