Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fresh View or Excuse?

Some of us like the work we do very much.  Some of us dislike the work we do.  Some of us can not find work, much as we would like to.  But for those of us that have work, good or bad, how can we keep that work meaningful, alive, exciting...fresh?


Do we view our work not only as an opportunity to be productive, but also as a gift?  Do we view the interactions we have throughout the day as moments to share that gift with those we work with?  

What exactly is the view from where you are right now?  Is it bleak?  Or, do you see limitless possibilities on the horizon?  Your perception of the view is important.


Only you can define your work, even if you know you're in a transitional role. Decide to approach one small part of your work today as if it is an amazing gift that you need to share.  I'll help...let's pick leadership.  Your leadership.  At some point today you need to act decisively on something important.  No more analysis-paralysis, no more double-checking, no more more excuses.  Share your leadership gift and embrace the view.


We all can't be in a terrific job.  For those of us that are, we feel blessed every day. For those that are doing  other work it can be more challenging.  So how can we keep our work meaningful, alive, exciting and fresh?  Regardless of your situation, today is the day to take action in one specific area.  Can you do it?  Can you make a difference today?  Go for it.

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

pic courtesy of 1957 Time Capsule


  1. Jay - This is such an appropriate view point that I wish everyone would take it, print it (green or not) and post it on their office refrigerator !! Taking time to reflect to see how amazing things really are in the scope of what happens in our lives vs. what we see happening around the globe is essential.

    We are so fortunate every day. It's time for us to live that way !!

  2. Thank you Steve! I find myself being so thankful for what I have, that I don't want to take any of it for granted. Attempting to hold myself accountable to that perspective is more difficult, but I feel, very important in the end.

  3. Jay-
    I have had the good fortune of not only enjoying what I do, but having co-workers and leaders who share your philosophy. We've got work to do, and every day we should be able to look back and say "We're closer to the goal".
    Inaction leads to excuses, Action leads to results.

  4. Jay -- great post ... and a much-needed perspective-changer as we're mired in the middle of winter (up north, anyway!).

    It's all about perspective and finding meaning in what you do. For myself, as someone who is in one of those "less than perfect" jobs, I just try to find a way (large or small) to help the organization improve every day. I figure that if I'm doing that in at least a small way every day, I helping at least one person (and hopefully more) have a pleasant work day (which is purposeful in and of itself) -- which in turn enables them to serve the needs of our clients. Whether it's an ear to vent to for a moment, or helping a team design more rational reporting relationships, or whatever else it might be on a given day, if I can go home feeling I moved the ball forward in at least one way or for at least one person, I know the day (and my work) has had some purpose.

  5. Tim - Like you, I have a great team of people around me who enjoy diving in each day. What a difference that can make!

    Michael - Thanks so much for your comment. I think the small things that we do each day are so important in helping our organizations move forward. The cumulative effect of those moments eventually grows into something big, and that is why it's so critical (to me) that we take action each day.