worker.jpg (88390 bytes)Workarounds

Occasionally weíve had members of our staff who were workarounds. People who repeatedly do not come through for you, by either not completing a task on time, turning in work that is unchecked, incomplete, or subpar. Sometimes people are workarounds because their difficult personality creates a challenge which makes it easier for you to do the work yourself thus you work around them.

Iíve been working around a faulty washing machine now for a few weeks. For some reason the water trickles slowly into the machine and during the rinse cycle only hot water comes out, regardless of the temperature setting on the dial. I could go buy a new washer but since weíre moving I thought I would wait until we are in our new home and then simply have a new washer delivered. Iíve been filling the washer with a hose from the garage, working around this problem.

washer.jpg (64631 bytes)Workarounds should be temporary. Usually at work this happens when weíve made a bad hire forcing us to make a staffing correction.  In my personal life Iíve made some bad choices that I havenít corrected.  Iíve loosened my standards, allowed bad habits and rather than addressing these issues, I workaround and ignore them. At some point though, I have to stop and say timeís up. I need to make a correction.  The beginning is easy; the hard part is following through. Self discipline is vital to busting through your own personal workaround. Today Iím getting rid of a couple of my workarounds.

ďAny time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards. When people ask me what really changed my life eight years ago, I tell them that absolutely the most important thing was changing what I demanded of myself. I wrote down all the things I would no longer accept in my life, all the things I would no longer tolerate, and all the things that I aspired to becoming.Ē-Anthony Robbins