Somewhere, a creepy little girl is saying “You’re all going to die”

that was the comforting conclusion I provided at our directors’ meeting today…. What to do when you feel overwhelmed by the immediate at the expense of the important? What to do when you feel there’s not enough strategery or as if people are creating fires just to be able to react and avoid el photo grande? At times like this, I suggested, recall what benefits, what satisfaction you personally derive from your job. Sometimes, in the balance between personal/professional and organizational development you should lean more towards what makes you happy. Then, at least, you’re happy. Even if the strategery is “let’s get more fire extinguishers.”

2 Responses to “Somewhere, a creepy little girl is saying “You’re all going to die””

  1. Kyle said:

    Aug 26, 08 at 6:42 pm

    Today I had to start telling my staff to be nice to each other. We’re fine with customer service to external folks, but we basically treat each other like little pieces of insignificant crap.

    Oh, and our senior staff group wants to replace our ERP system because nobody has enough training to know how to use it. I think it would be cheaper to fire everyone who uses our system and hire new people who know what they are doing or can at least be trained. And no, I did not say that out loud.

    I’ve gotten to the point that I’m just reminding myself that this is all good experience that will make me more marketable later. Because right now the level of crap has exceeded my normal threshold.

    Oh, and it still isn’t as bad as the 5 month job I had across the country. That one I decided unemployed would be a better option. So I know for a fact it could be worse.

  2. admin said:

    Aug 27, 08 at 3:25 pm

    Agreed. Don’t you feel you now know why organizations fail? The benefits of having good staff far outweighs the cost of bringing them. Who was it that said the whole is greater than the sum of the parts? Aristotle? What did he know anyway?

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