Recently, a colleague asked me a very simple question. He said, "So, What do you do all day long?" At first, I thought "How Rude." I work in a manufacturing plant and this colleague use to as well. How could he not know what I do all day long.
Then after what felt like justifying my existence, I started to think. What is a typical day for me. What do I do? In a futile exercise, I jotted down "the list." Then I looked and said, this isn't what I want to do all day long. My day revolves around firefighting. For anyone who has ever worked in manufacturing, you know what I mean.
How do successful HR folks NOT concentrate on the firefighting. How do we find the time to make a difference? We intentionally take time out of our day to find the good in situations. We brainstorm about solutions to reduce the fires. We focus on the positives not the negatives.
So - how do you find time to make that difference? Have you been struggling lately? I have. As Simon T Bailey reminds us, we need to reach out to our personal board of directors for a lift. A gentle reminder that we are marvelous.
As my conversation with my colleague closed, he reminded me of a Nora Ephron quote, "Be a Heroine, not a Victim." Thanks, Jim for the gentle reminder.
Let's share today. Tell me, how are you able to focus on the positives in the midst of the negatives? You just might make a difference in the life of someone you have never met.