Do your homework, whenever you can.

2 12 2015

“One of life’s most painful moments comes when we must admit that we didn’t do our homework, that we are not prepared.” ~Merlin Olsen

Nobody is perfect, and at some point in your life, you’re going to be unprepared for something.  It might be a test at school, or a missed deadline at work.  On the first day after my daughter was born, my wife and I realized that we were totally unprepared to just be given this infant, and drive home with her.  Luckily, we had family with experience in child rearing matters, and she grew up semi-normal anyway.  🙂  The only lesson I have for you in that arena is that your instincts are usually right – follow them more often than not.  I mean, if your instinct is to leave them out in the cold, then Don’t follow that one!

As leaders, we need to understand that our co-workers, leaders, and staff aren’t perfect, either.  If they’re sane, then their job won’t be the penultimate focus of their lives.  They have families, and problems outside of work.  Show compassion when a good employee drops the ball occasionally.  On the other hand, be less forgiving as it happens more frequently, and don’t be afraid to manage them out if they can’t do what you’re paying them for.  While nobody is perfect, some are more perfect than others, and it’s not your job to babysit the extremely flawed ones beyond reason, either.  You’ll find the balance.

Speaking of homework…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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