Thought for this week

     Robert Copeland,  said ” To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three people, two of whom are absent.”
     Leonardo Da Vinci said “There are three classes of people: Those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.”

   And what is that to do with anything? I am reflecting this week on what happens when something needs to be done – achieved – completed – addressed – DONE!! When we know what needs to be done, and making it happen is the job in hand. 

 There is a great deal of emphasis on team work now – and quite rightly so. We all operate in a team whatever we do – work is partnerships, partnerships work. But that can lead to an imbalance, a tilt of the demands towards one partner to the disadvantage of the others. Sometimes this is due to a misunderstanding of the relationship, but sometimes it is the result of one partner giving less to the relationship than the other partners. It is possible to hide in a partnership, but when that happens it is no longer a partnership. Whatever the cause some talking needs to be done! Errrrmmmm…I think I mean some listening needs to be done.

 Frank Tyger said: “Be a good listener. Unlike your mouth, your ears will never get you in trouble”.

   Who among us has not arrived at work on auto-pilot, done stuff, and gone home? Now, re-wind. When was the last time you arrived at work, listened to your colleagues, did stuff and went home? Which worked best? What achieved more? What made you feel the best? That interaction that happens when you listen – properly listen and respond – is what makes it all go round. It is the point at which we go “ah, I see” or “ok – I understand” or even “that’s crap – did you really mean to say that?”!! All of which should lead to action! When we “get it” and understand what is happening we are better able to manage it, to do what is needed, to get it done. And getting it done is, after all, what we are paid to do. But getting it done in a comfortable and happy environment – that’s what your leaders are paid to ensure – in partnership with you!!

  So – top tip for this week: reflect on what it takes for you to listen and hear; reflect on how you can support your leaders, managers, whatever, to create the best environment  for achievement; think through what you can do to make it happen. And then tell someone – and please, check that they are listening!!




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