Taming the wild-eyed problem monster

15 01 2016

“I’m of a fearsome mind to throw my arms around every living librarian who crosses my path, on behalf of the souls they never knew they saved.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver

Reading IS fundamental… to having a well-rounded education and career.  While it’s nice to have a specialty, or something that you’re really good at, knowing a little bit about a bunch of things comes from reading, trying, doing, and sometimes failing.  I spent the last 2 weeks trying to get copper plumbing right, and I learned what NOT to do about 7 different ways (then I called a plumber and watched them do it right!).  🙂

Leaders have to be able to deal with a plethora of issues, and be able to opine pretty broadly about what course of action might be the best.  Sure, it’s OK to ask your own leader, mentor, or co-worker for advice, but to have the answer to a problem at hand, based on your reading and experience sure feels great!  There’s not much more satisfying at work than to have someone on your team come into your office wild-eyed, with a huge problem that you can say “don’t worry about it, we’ll do X, and that will take care of it.”

Speaking of fearsome…


Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com






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