Monday, June 4, 2012

Resistance is Futile

I've been thinking a lot lately about the persistent challenges I face in my work life. Meeting after meeting with leaders and staff, pouring over data sliced and diced all different ways, brand new strategies that are not being used widely in my industry, and many more hours just wrestling with these challenges in my mind have me thinking about my corporate culture. But this time it feels more personal. I'm the type of leader who doesn't take too many things personally in my work life. But when I can't solve a problem in a reasonably short period of time it starts to get me more worked up.

Missing Pieces
So now I have a heightened sense of urgency, and despite the fact that I know the team is all pulling in the same direction, it doesn't make me feel any better that we're still struggling to resolve some things that aren't coming together just yet. Perhaps I'm not looking in the proper places? I'm wondering if I'm truly embracing the diversity  that could add so much value and talent to my organization? Every time I've worked with a more diverse group than a less diverse group, the outcomes have always been better.

Maybe I'm on to something here.

The Futility of Doing the Same Thing Over and Over
While I will admit we're pushing into some very new territory in the healthcare HR space, we are not reinventing the wheel. But perhaps for my organization, it's time to think about a better wheel...a very diverse wheel that intentionally includes all of the potential spokes out there.

How About You
When you're battling a persistent challenge in your work life do you simply work harder; or, do you open your eyes a bit wider (as I'm trying to do) and see the unlimited potential in the diversity around you?

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

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  1. Nice post. Professional challenges and frustrations. Work harder vs work smarter(new wheel)...I know the feeling. I think knowing when to apply greater effort and when to find a new wheel is the key. Applying the serenity prayer tenets...something like that??? Easier said than done! #Wisdom