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Workplace Problems You Are Proud To Discover

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Always important for the ambulance, hospitals, and firefighters. Planning for the unplanned. Addressing problems as they arise and being proud of the fix or resolution is important work, for some. Should you be proud of workplace problems? In general, probably not.

Several years ago, I facilitated an interesting business retreat. The leadership team wanted to understand how to communicate better, how to get unstuck, and most of all how to navigate the unsettling climate they faced as a team.

Get unstuck and work better together. It makes a lot of sense. In some regards, it sounds like it should be simple.

It should have been simple. Until I realized that they were proud of their problems.

Problem Analysis

Some people thrive on stuck. When things are stuck you need a hero to come bail you out.

Many management and leadership teams pride themselves on problem resolution. “Whatever happens, we’ll fix it.”

That is good to know. It is a reason to be proud.

It is a reason to be proud until that is the apparent reason for your existence. The Maytag repairman was lonely and bored. He may have benefited from a few more problems.

The manager who is needed every time there is a problem may feel valued and appreciated. His or her work counts, they are needed, and are the only one who keeps it all together.

I’ve heard it more than once. “All I do all day is fight fires.” Good and appropriate work if that is your profession. Not good and appropriate as a metaphorical expression of your job as a plant manager, office manager, or engineer.

Workplace Problems

Your job as the metaphorical firefighter may be important, but more important is having a strategy first and a tactical approach second.

Workplace problems arise. They happen, and they may be a sign of change. On the other hand, they may also be a sign of being stuck.

Know the difference between progress and stuck, stalled or stopped.

Be proud of progress not problems.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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The Proud Career and Work That Moves Us

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Some people, perhaps most people, spend a sizable chunk of their lifetime building a career. Some shift, change, and pivot, and others stay nearly the same. Are you building a proud career or one that just gets you through life?

First, let’s not confuse pride with money. Yes, there is an intersection where the two lines meet, but for many, money is not the sole (or soul) reason behind your career.

We all need money. We need it to exchange for food, clothing, and shelter. Sure, we may like more of it to buy more resources, toys, and extravagant lifestyles, but even people with gobs of money aren’t always happy.

Tenure

Since I’ve been around for more than half a century, like Farmers Insurance, I’ve seen a thing or two. People spend a lifetime chasing money and they die spending very little while still worrying if they have enough. Your lifestyle and your career, is your choice.

Money is important, but let’s remove it from this discussion. Set it aside, at least for a few minutes.

What happens when we work to become an improved version of who we already are? Imagine what it means to be more balanced, more grateful, and more giving.

What would happen if you spent your time differently, doing more things that matter, changing the results for others, and becoming uniquely you?

Can you see a different or better person than you are right now? Are you creating a proud career?

Proud Career

When you look back will you be happy with what you’ve built? Proud of the contributions you made? Will you be leaving a legacy for others to build upon?

Will you spend forty or fifty years working, or living while you work?

What matters most for your family, friends, and your life? Your money or what you’ve become?

Yes, you’ll need some money, but pride should be about your life and your people, not a paycheck.

You only get one shot. Check for confusion. No regrets.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

Dennis Gilbert on Google+


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