It is inevitable. When I am at my busiest….when I am under the most pressure…when I am carrying responsibilities that test my emotional limits… “that” project shows up.
You know which one I am talking about. It’s the one that yells “drop everything” and comes from someone in authority over me. There is no reasonable amount of time to respond and discuss options. The instructions are to deliver an objective that is contrary to what I believe should be done.
How should I react? The options that first come to mind are:
- Do it, but grumble to everyone about what I’ve been asked to do
- Make sure those in authority know what a sacrifice I am making
- Argue about it and try to change the project requirements
- Drag my feet and hope that it goes away
- All of the above
Under pressure, my natural response is to bow up and make everyone as miserable as I am. It’s pretty stupid actually. We all know that those behaviors are unproductive and actually damage me and every other member of my team. So now, I take a deep breath and purposely remember that:
- I trust those above me because they are smarter and wiser than me. That is how they ended up in positions of authority. Because of their position, they are able to see more than me. They have a better perspective.
- I fully and completely trust their motives and intentions. I have seen them sacrifice time and time again to do what is right for the organization. They have never failed to pursue excellence and progress.
- When I embrace the challenge, I actually learn from it. I become better at my job. Ultimately, I gain influence and credibility – which means I am more likely to be included in the decision when it comes around the next time.
- If I am right and it is a bad decision, how does my negative reaction help build the organization? It doesn’t.
So…take a deep breath…lean into the project…and give it your very best.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
Thanks for listening.