It’s just a job… that you’re paid to do.

9 02 2016

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” ~Buddha

It’s just a job.  You’ve heard me say that many times.  It doesn’t mean I don’t love it, and that I don’t love the impact we have on the people we counsel.  It does, however, mean that I try really hard to avoid getting angry about something that happens at work, whether a mistake someone makes, having the leadership team disagree with an idea I have, or some sort of perceived slight.

Leaders, It’s just a job.  There’s nothing in that sentence that means that justifies yelling at an employee.  You and your employees are both here, for an agreed-upon salary, doing the job in your job description.  Mistakes, disagreements, or personality conflicts can happen without spikes in blood pressure, if you put yourself in the right headspace.  Discuss the mistake, to avoid it in the future.  Debate, then agree to disagree and move on to the next challenge.  Understand that personality conflicts means that you’ve got a diverse team that sees things differently – and that’s a good thing.  So relax, breathe, and move on to the next challenge, because the job that needs to be done is just that… a job.

Speaking of coal…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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