Today, many of us find ourselves reflecting on what we are thankful for. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d dedicate this week’s post to what I am thankful for as a wife, mother, leader, and person.
I am thankful for…
- Every dark road I’ve traveled. Both the ones that ended in a scary place I was able to move past, and those that could have. For the wake up calls from both.
- Every bright and wonderful detour experienced along the way. For making the entire journey of life worth taking and reminding me in the middle of darker times that they will pass.
There’s an expression in racing: new tires hide bad setup. When you first put new tires on a car or motorcycle that has been running poorly, it might perform like everything is great. In a short period of time, the rubber is worn down and performance starts to suffer. The setup issues that existed with the previous tires begin to manifest themselves again. The rider has the option to keep burning through tires and sacrificing performance or fix the underlying problems.
The same can be said of leading teams. New employees can bring new energy and ideas to the team. However, if the team has underlying issues that are plaguing their performance, they will likely affect any new individuals as well. When the underlying process, or “setup”, is broken, the issue is not with the people, it’s with the environment they operate in.
Today is the 237th anniversary of the formation of the Marine Corps. Though I never wore a uniform, I have spent my life as a member of the Marine Corps family and will consider them to be my brothers and sisters, mentors and friends until I pass from this life.
I cannot possibly express my appreciation for all that the Marine Corps has given me. Every ounce of leadership within me was learned at the hands of the Marines I lived and worked with. Over the last 20 years, I have attended training, read books, and been exposed to a number of theories and working models for leadership. No matter how much I learn, I continue to fall back on the tried and true methods of the Marines.
Over the summer, I marked the anniversary of “the beginning” – as I like to think of it. The beginning of my career, which started as a teenager when I took a job at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The uncertainty of that day, and what lay ahead, has been repeated time and again over the last 20 years.
With every change is a new beginning, and two decades later, I find myself on the verge of another one following months of wondering what my next role would be.
Organizations restructure. They need to, at times, to adjust to changing market conditions, take advantage of new opportunities, or address misalignments in their current structure. While there are benefits with restructuring – change creates opportunity and can shake things up – it also creates uncertainty for those caught up in it.