What were we thinking?

This is gonna be awesome! I just know it!

After I realized the stove wasn’t hot enough yet to my left hand, I reached out my right a few minutes later.

(No, the baby in the picture is not me… it’s just a metaphor. I don’t think I ever had that much hair… but don’t look too hard for any old pictures.)

I totally LOVE the people I work with… no “buts”, they are awesome.

It’s so much fun to go to work every day and solve the world’s problems, and it’s great to know somebody will have the courage to say “What are we thinking?”

That is very cool, and it keeps us from getting burned too badly. If you haven’t experienced it, I recommend you produce that kind of environment.

I don’t take credit for it myself, I just have some strong-willed, trustworthy people around me.

Literally yesterday at about this time, I posted an article about value in which I wrote about the courage to back away from an offer we don’t want to make.

This afternoon, a group of us was noodling on an approach to an offer for a customer when we went way down a path that just made us feel sick.

It turns out that this time I was the one who called foul, but there are many cases where somebody else is first to jump in.

When you are in a position of doing something you think is wrong (not necessarily morally) or makes you sick, sometimes you feel you have to do it. That is when you can say you lack the autonomy to do what’s right. In your career and your work, such times can highlight for you that something is out of sync.

Now, if you are actually stuck in a situation where the lights turn out if the software doesn’t ship, you have to do what you have to do. Again, you lack autonomy, which is freedom from unwanted constraints, compromises, obligations or relationships. We all have some obligations we are beholden to.

But when you notice them, what actions could you be taking to relax those constraints a little? In what ways can you prevent defects or breakdowns from recurring? Do you have a team or someone in leadership who supports “stopping the machine” long enough to fix an issue? Is there someone missing from your team that you can add to expand your abilities and help you overcome the constraints you face?

About ken
Creative insights, passion and technical adrenaline - strategist, agile coach and marketer, providing a good life for wife of 20 years & 2 awesome teenagers!

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