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Cleaning Up Nasty Messes

What do you do?
It is a popular question. You hear it at networking events. Pops up in email from contacts that were perhaps not updated frequently enough. From friends. Even your Pastor.

For me, I enjoy having my finger in many pies, wearing many hats. It does not matter where I am in an organization, horizontally or hierarchically. I tend to do the same thing: I fix problems.

Or, I did :). Now, I realize I clean up messes…

Constraints Add Color to Your Life

Simply having constraints can improve your creativity, challenge you to do your best. In the case of an automatic camera, removing the automation serves to sharpen your focus on getting the picture right.

What constraints do you set before yourself? Which constraints in your life, perhaps placed there with intent, make your life more colorful, more rewarding as a result?

Not Comfy, Feeling Uncomfortable?

When was the last time you felt uncomfortable? Not because you bum itched. Uncomfortable because of a new change at work or you’re being asked to think differently than you have before.

Many of us have areas in our lives, personally and professionally, where we are very comfortable. And, there are others, outside our areas of strength or proficiency, that make us want to skirt them, fly past wherever possible, and return right back to our comfort zones.

What Does Coaching Do for You?

Its one of those little unspoken secrets. It’s probably right up there with publicly discussion your salary, an ex-spouse, or venereal disease. Very few people publicly acknowledge making use of coaching.

My expectation is that many fear it will reflect negatively upon them. If you’re a senior leader, perhaps there is fear that to admit coaching is to admit a weakness. Of course, in highly competitive environments, such as in C-suite, it might also be viewed as a competitive secret!