Rain Producers and Rain Workers
Coaching executives, managers and supervisors often involves an exploration of how to get the job done in spite of external pressures or obstacles. It's the classic "working in the rain" situation.
But there are times when you have to address the "weather." That's much harder, of course, but far easier to accomplish than in the natural world. The answer is frequently found by repairing the broken connection between the rain producers and those who have to struggle through the storm.
Leaders need to keep an important aspect of management in mind: that all bold ideas have ripples throughout the organization. There are trade-offs as people choose between competing priorities and then there are times when the demand on available resources reaches a limit. When the latter occurs, eloquent efforts at motivation will do little that is positive.