Today, I was running around with a list of endless things to get done before going out on vacation for a few days. The day started out challenging and went downhill from there. Not the best frame of mind to get to a successful outcome.
I ended up 15 minutes late to pick up my son. Luckily the camp counselors stayed until I could get there. That was after scrambling to pack up all his things to stay overnight with his dad “camping.”
Great…now we’re on our way. Oops, not so fast. Turns out I forgot the sleeping bag and it’s going to drop below freezing tonight. Back to the house before heading out again.
I get my head in the game. The kiddo is in the back of the car and we’re chatting about what he will enjoy best about camping overnight and our planned weekend adventure.
When I first started working, more years ago than I care to count, I had an 80-year plan.
Yes, you read that correctly. An 80-year plan. I had my career and life planned out to the age of 80. After that, I figured that whatever was left for me to experience would find me.
It was a pretty good plan. Several years in, things were playing out the way I expected. I was building the skills and reputation necessary to progress through the civilian ranks of the military. I could see every step I would take to achieve my work goals and I knew when I would add in a spouse and two children to complete the package.
(Yes, I really did think life worked that way)
I was encouraged in my plan by my manager, who had also been my mentor for close to a decade at that point. He built the roadmap for my development, providing me with the exposure and challenges necessary for the roles ahead. Looking back, at that point I was as much a passenger as driver in my journey.
Months ago, a senior leader asked me how I move my B players along to free up room for my A players. I told him I don’t.
Instead, I explained that I have a system that allows me to get the best performance out of what someone else might consider a B player. That my methods often make them perform like A’s.
It’s easy to see where the question is coming from. There are some individuals that seem to excel, no matter the conditions or expectations. It could be they just haven’t been put in the right (or wrong) conditions to falter, but they are out there.
However, even talented, high-potential individuals may struggle in a role that is undefined, a poor fit and/or lacking leadership support.
As many of you know, I love me some Marvel movies. The release of Captain America 2 was counted down in our house. I was barely able to contain my excitement as the date approached.
One of my girlfriends and I took in the evening show last night, looking forward to a night out. As a follower of the Marvel mythology, this installment did not disappoint.
As with the other movies, I left with more than just the continuation of a storyline.