I’ve been making some wrong turns of recent in managing myself, my projects and my team.
I was sitting in a Change Mangement training programme today and a couple of things the facilitator said that I knew was the right thing to do. However, in my project, I would do the opposite because I needed to hit a milestone or get a particular task done. Even though I knew that maybe delaying the task would have been the better thing.
This sort of choice I feel as though I was being forced to make simply because of the directives passed on to me. But I also had a choice to push back or simply ignore.
Thinking about this I thought about the concept of unforced errors in sports.
unforced error: n
: a missed shot or lost point (as in tennis) that is entirely a result of the player’s own blunder and not because of the opponent’s skill or effort.
While I can decide to blame my boss, or boss’ boss, for my poor choices (a forced error), in reality, I have to accept that it was mine to own. It was my lack of skill or confidence or just a mistake.
I need to be mindful about my choices and not let the demands of the day get in the way of my better judgement.