“If only the bird with the loveliest song sang,
the forest would be a lonely place.”
John James Audubon
Ahh… “If only…”.
In France we say “Avec des si on mettrait Paris en bouteille” : “With “ifs” one could put Paris into a bottle”. Makes sense, I suppose…
Bad management is pretty common. If it’s too bad you have to quit, right? It you don’t, you have to deal with it. That simple!
Some managers are lazy, or weak, or just plain stupid. Some are violent, unsteady, irrelevant or beyond understanding.
You can’t fix people, but you can fight, say “It’s enough”, etc. It’s a path, you can go N+1, or use the Union, or make a team with colleagues : I’m not talking about that today.
In front of bad management, you can choose 4 paths :
- Have a good ulcer. Or a breakdown.
- Find a way to deal with it.
- Fight back.
Here, Marcus Aurelius is useful :
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
OK, here’s my tool :
- Focus for a few minutes and think about what is your job really about.
- You’re paid for that, therefore do your job, the best you can.
- Consider management as the weather.
- If you sell things, your shelf displays must be clean and interesting. Vegetable, flowers or books. Great displays. Focus!
- If you teach, your students must listen and understand, and if they love you, you’re good. Invent tricks and watch them.
- If you’re a journalist, write great articles, captivate your audience and do your best. Blossom smiles!
- If you’re a truck driver, drive well and pay attention. Do your job and listen to some good music.
- Etc. Etc.
It’s sunny? Good! It’s a storm, it rains, it’s cold, windy? Whatever! GOOD!
You can’t fix people. You can’t fix the weather. Focus.
Do your job, JtfC!
Have a nice day!