Peter Cook in a post on LinkedIn said, “Leadership is not about stopping things happening and pointless administration.” Same can be said about a process. Good ones keep things moving while making sure the right people are involved and informed. Bad ones, things stop and the pointless paperwork drill begins. Try not to step in the process. It’s a bitch to clean off of your shoes.
I was on a conference call the other day and heard a conversation about the preliminary approval of something and the not quite preliminary approval due to concerns and the push for a final approval. I’m sorry, what? Either it’s approved or it ain’t. I was a little dizzy after that conversation.
I walked into the room as some talking head on CNBC was saying something about economic disturbances. Vader’s line immediately popped into my head. Didn’t take me too long to make the leap the rest of the way. As I have said many times before, it made me laugh.
They don’t have to wear their suit of ignorance. it’s enough just to be in general proximity. This one really is speaking to my distaste for the condescension the asshats like to throw around when they are feeling superior. They can be such jerks.
Every so often, the Wall Street Journal will run articles about venture capitalists and angel investors running around Silicon Valley dumping money on what they hope to be the next [insert latest internet/tech flavor of the month, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc., etc.,] with visions of billion dollar payouts dancing in their brains.
It makes one wonder what it is being lost in opportunity or overlooked in something that really might work and pay off but just isn’t as sexy as the new social media phenom.
Maybe it’s not always the best thing to predict and band wagon the latest sexy fad. Try looking at what is working now. How can you position around that?
Last year’s Dilbert desk calendar had things on the back of the pages, to do lists, fun facts, puzzles, qoutes, etc. This little gem by Laurence J. Peter showed up one day. He is the 20th century educator best known for creating The Peter Principal (“In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence … Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence”).
Ignorance is some strong armor. There isn’t much that can penetrate it; not logic, not data. Ignorance of a situation makes people afraid and paralyzes them to inaction or indecision. As another wise philosopher once said, “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate…leads to suffering.”
The best we can do is to keep fighting the good fight and not let ourselves to get sucked into their dark, fearful world.
I’ve been a little outside my comfort zone lately. I’ve been given the opportunity to do business development for my company. This means going out and meeting people. Kind of putting myself out there to sell my company which also means a high possibility for rejection, etc.
Even though it is causing not a little stress, I am really enjoying it. I love being part of building the business instead of sitting in my cube at the customer’s whim. This is much more along what I want to do.
So, being outside one’s comfort zone can be good, sometimes. Who knew?