Yesterday I saw something that I haven’t seen in a while. A younger man, who was working in a management-level role, was being critiqued by his superiors regarding the overall performance of his work crew. Immediately upon hearing the news of his team’s less than average output he triaged with his two closest workers and set a meeting for later that evening to discuss long-term strategies that would hopefully rectify the situation.
What made this scenario so remarkable was the absence of blame in the young manager’s response. It was not his desire to find out exactly who’s fault it was that they were in this spot – he knew that would only take more time and energy away from the ultimate goal. He wasn’t looking to make himself feel better by punishing someone else. Instead he accepted blame and moved on. It was a beautiful display of proper management.
This young man had never been classically trained in the art of business management. He was just a very stable individual.
The presence of stability allows for selfless responses in life.
More than I’d like to admit, I have looked for someone to blame for the situation I’m in. Countless times I’ve wanted to point the finger at something else to justify my own actions. I did so out of a lack of stability. Even though I am running and scrambling and distracted, I am not excused from trying to build stability in my life at the same time.
In doing so, I might be able to move on from triage and start making plans for the days to come.