Over the past few days I have been dealing with a communication glitch in my organization. Nothing major, but definitely some noise from the masses. The fumble came in one of the departments I oversee. Ouch!!!
After nearly two decades, I am kicking myself for my part in the situation. I should know better. I underestimated the cost of change. I’m an idiot … have all run through my mind this week.
But then I’m reminded of something I once heard Henry Cloud say. “Your life is a movie, not a scene.” Too often, I get caught up in the scenes, thinking a difficult circumstance will be permanent. It never is.
The plot twists of leadership are many … like the salty bumps and curves of a pretzel.
It turns out our communication obstacle proved to be an opportunity. After taking responsibility for our mistake with a simple, “I’m sorry,” the tables have turned. Those who were upset are now singing our praises for being such tuned in leaders. Turns out I’m a genius … at least for this act of the story.
If today you find yourself in a pretzel place, may I suggest you remember your life is a movie, not a scene.
Is there a hard area in your life where something seems permanent, but is really temporary?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.