Life is hard. Work is hard. Competing is hard. Winning is really hard.
So why in the world do we spend so much time focusing on the negatives when being successful requires so much energy?
One of the wonderful things about how we choose to see the world is that we don't have to be stuck in a cesspool of defeat and fatalism if we don't want to. We have a choice. We can make the conscious decision to view the world with unlimited possibilities.
Just think about your team for a moment. Does your mind quickly go to which one is "struggling" or having a "hard time?" Why do we do that?
Consider instead all of the incredible strengths your team members have that you might be overlooking. Instead of "building a case" against them, perhaps we should build a plan that aligns their strengths with our business needs? Maybe, just maybe, if we allow them to do what they do best...and focus that effort on what needs to be done...we might achieve our goals.
We are literally surrounded with people who are good at some things, but not all things. Yet, we still try to have everyone fit into a specific job description that has an unspoken expectation that each person will be interchangeable with the next.
Does this really make sense in 2016?
What happens when we try to force the square peg into the round hole?
- lost time
- lost productivity
- massive amounts of frustration for everyone on the team, including you
This philosophy also applies to you and me. We shouldn't try to be everything in every situation...why?
- we can't know everything
- we need to play to our strengths too
- and we shouldn't be afraid to bring people onto our teams who are stronger in areas we are not
Our job is to get results...not to embarrass ourselves trying to be Superwoman or Superman.
How About You
When you hit a roadblock in a project, or as part of the execution of your corporate strategy don't throw your hands up in frustration. Look for the strengths on your team to work through, around, or over your problem. If you find the good in your team and in yourself you will be amazed at the results.
I'd love to hear from you.