Okay…I am an idiot. I decided to put the grills from my gas grill in the dishwasher to clean them. Seemed like a good idea at the time. But, I used a poor choice of detergent (not the type approved for dishwashers). Immediately, the dishwasher started to emit a horrible noise and I knew I had made a big mistake.
What now? How do I recover?
The internet (of course)! I searched for “How do I repair my [brand and model] of dishwasher” and within minutes I was watching a woman disassemble my dishwasher on YouTube. I did exactly what she told me and I was back up and running within the hour.
The rest of my life (leadership, projects, people) don’t usually have such “how to” videos to show me what to do.Therefore, how can I learn what needs to be done? Here are some tips, using the broken dishwasher as an example:
- I have to admit that I need help. Sometimes this is the hardest part. When a project (or a relationship) starts to make those “bad noises”, many people ignore the warning signs.
- I have to ask for help. It doesn’t just happen by itself. I have to chase after it. I have to ask intelligent, well-formed questions.
- I have to figure out who to trust. There are a lot of responses (thousands of them) giving opinions about what I should do. Which one do I listen to? I decided to trust the person who demonstrated the ability to solve a problem similar to mine.
Yea…that was a pretty simple outline. So…why don’t we seek help more often? Most of our leadership, relationship, and project obstacles are much more difficult than a dishwasher.
Thanks for listening.