Friday, May 25, 2012

Noise Pollution

"It's time for a reorganization."
"I want to develop a whole new strategy."

"What we need around here is a fresh perspective."
"I just wish our HRIS could meet our needs."
"My employees are driving me crazy."

And on, and on, and on. I have three kids who can get pretty noisy. But the noise (read here => excuses) I've heard generated over the years blows away the decibel level at my house.

It's time to stop complaining, start adjusting, and get to work.

Noise Erodes Credibility
One of the challenges so many leaders fail to recognize is the thin line between advocating for themselves or their areas of responsibility; and the perception that they are too focused on criticizing  instead of finding solutions. Can I tell you where the balance point is between the two? No. But like so many other things in life, "I know it when I see it."

Results Are Better Than Excuses
Regardless of how a leader figures this out, one thing is for sure: focusing on the business impact of a problem versus the appearance of being too emotionally caught up in the details is essential. I'm not suggesting you suppress your feelings about your stance on an issue; I'm simply stating how important it is to remain in control and avoid looking like this guy.

How About You
Do find yourself contributing to the noise pollution in your organization? I hate it when I realize I'm doing it too. What do you do to cut down on that noise and start making progress?

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

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