Last time I posted, I wrote about “alignment.” I thought I’d done a pretty good job of delivering a complete and persuasive truth. But that’s just how I think. It’s not how truths are. “Truths” are layered. They're not transparent; we can only see the interior of the...
There was this guy who’d been flown in from the East Coast to “help” us set up the operations of a huge project. He’d been teamed up with one of the local corporate process-tyrants, and together they looked like my next big problem. Why? Because I walked by the guys office one morning and overheard him say, “We’ve got to watch out for these people. They’re very creative.” I was shocked, but then again, people are people and sometimes having control is more important than seeing the problem clearly and allowing creativity to help drive out a solution.
I once worked for a boss who loved to come by my office and throw out ideas. It wasn’t helpful, but I listened attentively, and nodded with a feigned interest until he had finished and departed to go search out his next victim. I never followed through on those ideas, and he never came back and asked me about them. Instead, I wrote a damn good report and when he read it, he gained the benefit of knowledge. You see, I had journeyed into the trenches, I had talked with the people involved, I had reviewed the data, and I knew what the problem was. He didn’t. Until he read my report.
I suppose one of the most difficult mindsets to take hold of and keep a grip on is that it’s not about you. Yes, you’re the person who formulates the vision, divines a strategy, crafts a plan, and designs the machine that executes the project, but really, it’s not about you. It can’t be about you because if it is, you’ll become distracted and drop the ball. And then it will be about you. And you don’t want that.
There are ten things you need to believe in order to get things done. Especially if you're working through people. Shannon will be blogging about these sorts of things after the holidays. Stay tuned! And please sign up to follow Shannon's blog.