Maybe we don’t say that out loud anymore (knowing that it sounds uncooperative)…but we all think it to ourselves. The question is this – can you conquer it?
Yesterday, I was caught in a conversation about a dropped ball at work…and it was clear that no one wanted to pick it up. Whoever did was destined to have to carry the project to its completion. It was a thankless job that no one wanted. But…
- It was an important project
- It needed to get done
- The boss wanted it done and didn’t care who picked it up
My friend Wayne used to tell me that he hated to touch projects like that. He said “once I touch them…I own them. Everybody runs from it like its on fire!” He felt that there was no recognition for the extra work he carried in accepting these projects.
So…here was the choice going on inside my head.
I can step up and carry the ball…or I can wait for someone else to get stuck with the project. And, that is what EVERYONE else was doing…they were waiting for someone else. Everyone wants someone else to solve it.
When that happens, what do YOU do?
(I stepped up and took over the project. I might regret that later…)
Thanks for listening.