Challenge – Bring it on!

4 12 2014

“I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges.  It’s the nature of his deep inner soul… we’re required to do these things just as the salmon swim upstream.” ~Neil Armstrong (and I didn’t even look for the bonus Salmon reference – said the avid Salmon fly fisherman!)

Challenges.  What would life be without them?  Boring, safe, easy. Did I say boring already?  Yes, it’s true – “stuff” happens, and then you have to deal with it.  Whether it’s your kid getting in her first car accident, a nasty illness way too full of phlegm, a family thanksgiving full of people with different opinions (mixed with alcohol), or a particularly difficult broken power tool that needed fixing, challenges come – and we have to rise to the occasion and take them on.  (BTW – each of these issues were real challenges in the last 2 weeks for me).

As leaders in the work place, challenges come with the territory.  Whether it’s problem employees, unhappy customers, troublesome vendors or “there’s no room for that in the budget”, we have to react to the challenge, and take it on.  Reacting happens – we can’t plan for everything.  However, we can plan for some things.  So, as you put together your leadership budget & strategic plan for 2015, think about those things that might become challenges, and see what you can do to have contingencies in place to deal with them when they do come.  There’s little more that you can do to impress me (or whoever your leader is) than to say “This un-preventable challenge happened, I was prepared for it, and I fixed it like this.”

Speaking of Neil Armstrong (the man to walk on the moon just BEFORE Buzz Aldrin – to Buzz’s eternal disappointment)…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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