Let’s say I have a friend who is a difficult employee.
Let’s say that same friend thinks her boss is crazy difficult.
Let’s say they are both right. (insert snarky grin)
Let’s also say that my friend is the top performer in her organization. She’s leaps and bounds more successful than all of her colleagues. No lie.
So, what’s a manager to do?
He has a difficult, demanding employee who thinks she’s above the rules.
He also has a golden goose who keeps on laying golden eggs.
She has an annoying, nit-picky boss who micromanages her to the point of being ridiculous.
But she loves what she does and makes good money doing it.
They both need to focus on ONE THING.
He needs to stop focusing on EVERYTHING she is doing that is against the ‘rules’ or bothersome or ineffective and instead focus on the ONE THING that can change most things.
What is the one thing he would like to see her change most? If he can answer that and then coach her to make those changes, I think he’d be surprised by what may be accomplished.
The same is true for my friend. What is the ONE THING she is willing to change to help, both she and her supervisor, come together more. What is she willing to do differently, let go of, or integrate into her day that would help her manager’s job (and peace of mind) improve?
When we are faced with the complexity of difficult, we can get caught up in the overwhelming notion that EVERYTHING needs to change.
Instead, let’s focus on just ONE THING. And give that ONE THING all of our energy and attention.
I’ve created a quick handout to share with you all that outlines this idea. If you’d like a copy, CLICK HERE
ONE THING is ever so much easier to give our attention to than EVERY-LITTLE-THING.
What do you think?
p.s. I still have a few spots open for my Hawaii Retreat, September 25-27. As always, we’ll be at Turtle Bay, North Shore of Oahu. And yes… It REALLY does look like the photo!
This time, the retreat is open to men and women. We’ll be doing all of our work in the morning with plenty of afternoon time to chill. Think time at the beach. Reflecting. Punching through the roadblocks we’ve been wrangling with. Relaxing on the beach. Working with crazy smart, like-minded individuals. Swimming in the ocean. Drinking a Mai Tai (or two). And leaving with a renewed sense of focus and commitment to what REALLY, REALLY, REALLY matters.
If you want to chat and see if the experience is for you, email me and we’ll set up a call. Otherwise, Register here.