“10% of people will find a way to take anything personally. Expect it and treat it as math.” – Tim Ferriss
With all respect to Ferriss, his math needs work. My experience tells me the number is more like 30%.
Honeymoons are great. Everything is a joyous mixture of sun, sand, drinks, and spontaneous laughter. It’s almost too good to be true, right?
Right. Wait a year. Real conversations, tough decisions, and life happens. And the sand? It’ll begin to chafe.
New jobs are like honeymoons. A new office, smiling faces and everyone is in love with the “breath of fresh air.”
Then you make a hard decision. They still smile. You’re rocking this!
Another hard decision. Your new team has a few questions. You’ve got this…you remind yourself to build a bit more buy-in next time.
Another one. OK…this decision is really hard. But you make it. The smiles have now disappeared.
Bye, bye, honeymoon!
These tough choices are the real job. Those fancy lines in your job description? Nearly worthless. Your real job is to make the hard calls. Make them morally, ethically, and with the organization as a whole in mind. Remember Colin Powell’s 40-70 rule: Never make a decision with less than 40% (shooting from the hip) or more than 70% of the information (it’s too late and the opportunity has passed).
Now I’m off to speak with those people in line…wish me luck!
Make it a great week!