On the road again

It seems travel became the focal point of my life these last couple of months.  I completed three trips between early March and late April and realized how much I appreciate being able to do laundry in my own washer and dryer.  I know the dogs have a good time at the boarding kennel but they seemed to have that “not again?” look when I dropped them off this last time.

The hassles of travel can get to even the most experienced traveler, much like the hassles and frustration of unresolved work related issues and problems can wear down even the most experienced and effective leaders and managers.  Just when you think it’s going to be smooth sailing yet another problem (or the same pesky problem) shows up.

Just as we’ve had to adjust to changes in travel procedures like making sure we’re at the airport in plenty of time to get through security, wearing shoes that slip on and off with minimal hassle, etc. have you made any adjustments to your approach in handling difficult problems in your organization? Or are you trying constantly to impose what you think are tried and true solutions to today’s problems?  Remember that definition of insanity?  Why keep trying the same approach that still hasn’t worked?  Do you listen – actively listen – to good advice from others?  Or is it more important that you impose your solution to the problem despite all the information showing that your approach just doesn’t work?  You may want to ask yourself a question at this point.  Is this about the success of the organization or is this about your ego and need to always be right?  What’s really holding you back from learning about and using group dynamics in a positive way?

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