So, to whom does one give a job when the job has to get done? The answer, if you listen to the old adage, is to give it to a busy person. Reg Adkins, over at Elemental Truths, adds to this adage by saying that the busy person gets it done and gets rewarded by getting more work:
"If you easily manage that caseload, of twenty, you will soon be managing twenty five. If you have “turned around” one marginal person, you will soon be asked to take on even more people who, although have potential, are also marginal. You will soon hear the whispered vestiges of “give me your tired, your poor, your down trodden,” rambling about in your head.
The unfortunate result is more responsibility and more challenges bring greater opportunities for error as well as success. Eventually, you will have a problem.
What should you do when the inevitable problem arises?"
So, according to Reg, a competent person who has the reputation of being able to get things done, has embarked on an increasing spiral of additional tasks and accomplishments, which lead to additional tasks and accomplishments. Eventually, this spiral leads to failure. It’s a forgone conclusion.
So how does a high achiever handle that first taste of failure? Not well. Reg, however, has a few steps that may help them claw themselves out of that emotional pit in which they find themselves and will help prepare them to achieve once again, even at a higher level. For me, the first two strategies are the most important. Taking responsibility includes more than just acknowledging what happened. It includes admitting our involvement in the failure, and then fixing it. Most people today will say I’m sorry, but can’t bring themselves to ask the question, “What do I need to do to fix this?”
Reg is a behavior specialist who routinely works with others to change negative, unproductive, and self-defeating attitudes and behaviors. He also has a knack for taking complex philosophies and strategies and making them very easy to implement. His new blog, with his insider information on how to make substantive changes in behavior, is sure to make a great read.