If you don’t get started, you can’t ever finish.

17 05 2013

“Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished?  Yes, work never begun.” ~Christina G. Rossetti

 Any of you that have taken the Meyers-Briggs test, the DISC analysis, or the Colors personality test know that there are very different type of people in the workplace.  Hopefully, you learned from these that a good business needs all types of people to function.  The creative folks won’t want to do repetitive type work, those heads-down processors can’t imagine “winging it” for a living (i.e. making it up as you go along) – they want a training manual (and make the best manual writers!).  Those with low risk tolerance and the high-risk takers look at each other like “I’m glad I’m not you”.  It’s critical that you understand that these differences are an asset, and not a liability, even if it stretches your comfort zone. 

 When you have a BHAG (Big, Hairy Aggressive Goal), you need the “winger” to get the journey started (even if the destination isn’t clear), you need the “processor” to document how you’re doing it (so it can be learned from and improved), you need a creative person to help you figure ways around, over, or through obstacles, and you need a low-risk tolerant person to caution the team against going forth too aggressively, or dialing the team back when they’ve made a mistake.  Now THAT’s a team!

 But if you don’t get started, you’ll never be finished.

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Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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