In his book, Monday Morning Leadership, David Cottrell tells a story about attitude. It goes something like this…
A bunch of people line up around the perimeter of a field and are instructed to throw their problems into the middle of the field. After all the problems are thrown in, each person has the choice of which problems to pick up and take home. Most end up picking up their own problems and going home, realizing that their problems weren’t that bad after all.
Thoughts, Joe and Wanda?
Joe Kerr: Interesting. It seems I ended up taking mine as well as everyone else’s. I guess that’s the role of the manager, huh?
Wanda B. Goode:Joe has a good point. As managers, we do seem to take on quite a few problems. As the story suggests, though, it’s important to keep things in perspective. The way we approach problems is critical. Problem solving can be exhilarating, but if there are too many problems, it can be overwhelming and suffocating. Keeping our chins up helps. It’s also okay to ask for assistance every once in a while.
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