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#279: Listen to the Idea, Not the Person
Are you also struggling to get through this era of endless political waffle? Well, here’s a game you can play.
It might not help you much in coping with politicians, but I guarantee it will make you a more effective leader, manager, employee, worker, person, significant other, friend, and whatnot.
(It might even make you a more effective voter. But that might be a claim too far.)
#278: Don’t Let Your Open Door Policy Turn You Into a Willy-Nilly Boss
Do you have an open Zoom policy? Or an open Teams policy? Or an open Virtual policy? Okay, that last one makes little sense.
Working from home has taught us we shouldn’t risk an open webcam policy. It could be as disastrous as having an open mic incident. Or as time-wasting as practicing open door management back at the office.
Time-wasting? Yes. An open door policy is a complete time waster.
#277: Familiarity Breeds Effectiveness. And No Promotion.
Do you want to know why you struggle to be promoted? In one word, laziness.
No, not your laziness. (Well, maybe yours, but let’s ignore that for a moment. The way you ignore it from moment to moment. Like I do.)
I’m talking about laziness from above. That laziness is triggered by intimacy.
(Oops! Right meaning; wrong word for this day and age. Better to use the safer synonym, familiarity.)
That laziness is triggered by familiarity.
#276: When to demand the possible from the competent
They say that a stopped clock is correct twice a day. Well, they are right because it’s true.
If they demand the stopped clock to tell the right time, a rather audacious goal under the circumstances, then wise is the stopped clock who only answers them twice a day.
Even wiser is the one who knows exactly when to ask the stopped clock for the right time.
#275: Assemble Your Team. Then Pick Their Brains.
As the seasons change, men in the Northern Hemisphere begin to play with oval balls as men in the Southern Hemisphere end their season of playing with oval balls. (For those of you who follow the crazy tweets of crazy rappers about crazy friends of crazy cousins, these oval balls have nothing to do with the current virus craze.)
Actually, that statement is not quite factual. Rugby, played with an oval ball, is also popular with women players. And maybe even in America, because some women do play American football, albeit with smaller balls. Or so the Internet assures me.
Whatever. The point is that this nonsense message applies to people of all genders playing any team sport, irrespective of their ball preference.
#274: Remember To Forget To Change
That Virus (you know the one) came bearing lessons that too many of us hope we don’t need to learn. Maybe if there is an app for that…
However, there is one of lesson we should heed soon, if not right now. It is a variation on Murphy’s Law. (To remind you, here’s my take on Murphy’s Law: If something can go wrong, it will.)
Murphy’s Law comes in rather handy when we must explain a blooper. That is, when we need to redirect blame. I predict that this new law will be just as useful. And as devastating.
Let’s call this new law The Law of Mutating Pathogens: If something can change, it will.
We have been warned.