A few years ago a member of my team asked me a question. We were discussing a sensitive issue that required some finesse to work through. I was also working toward a specific outcome, and knew I needed to take several important steps in order to get there.
She asked…“do you always have an agenda for everything?”
I Love Plans
For most of us…well, at least for me…I like to be in control of my situation. I want to understand the issues, prepare to address the ever-present political landmines, and be organized so I can deliver the results everyone expects from me.
Good plans do that. Heck, even half-baked plans can often do most of the job. But something happens in spite of having a clear work plan…and it seems to happen consistently.
People get involved.
A Beautiful Mess
Here’s the part where I do not vent about people being a source of frustration as I try to get my work done “according to plan.”
It turns out I’m one of those people that gets involved…even in my own plans! Sometimes I change my mind, or learn new information, or discover a new challenge that needs to be managed thoughtfully.
HR work is messy….and I love it.
How About You
The next time someone “interrupts” your plans, consider this: the world does not revolve around your view exclusively. If you are always the smartest one in the room, you have a pretty weak room.
Focus on being savvy, understanding all of the dynamics involved, and focus on the end result versus winning every battle along the way.
Oh, and my answer to her question about having an agenda?
It was yes, of course.
I’d love to hear from you.