Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Catch Yourself

Catch yourself whenever you start assuming that organizations are loyal or caring. 

An organization is as loyal or caring as a light bulb. 

Those human qualities will come from the human beings within the organization. 

Catch yourself whenever you design systems for wizards or saints. 

The odds are you are not working with either group. 

You (and your co-workers) are working with human beings; frail and flawed people who are capable of great things but who can also make mistakes and who are trying, in most cases, to do their best in an imperfect world.

Catch yourself whenever you find yourself relying on other people "shaping up."

They may be thinking the same thing about you. Take charge of the one person you can control. Focus on what you can do to improve your conduct and your performance. It may not be as much fun as blaming others but it is a far better way to achieve progress.

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