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Lately I’ve had very frustrated executives in my office saying, “don’t say anything I just need to rant”. And they let fly.
The theme is (other) people avoiding their responsibilities. It takes various forms:
- Avoidance of conflict.
- Avoidance of decisions.
- Avoidance of leadership.
They lament about what they’re left with:
- The inefficient and unfair workaround. The lack of justice riles them.
- The time-wasting politics.
- The frustrating: “it’s like walking through treacle trying to get anything done around here”.
Or, as one of my clients says: “it’s like a zoo, so many elephants in the room”.
And that got me thinking about Jumanji. You know, where four high school kids embody an avatar after they are sucked into the Jumanji jungle game.
As we learn in Jumanji, the only way the players can escape is to work together to finish the game.
- Yes, you have to play the game, you can’t sit on the sidelines… the rant clears the way for my clients to begin to work out how they want to play.
- You can’t break the rules… this is what my clients seem most upset about, the broken, albeit unspoken, rules.
- You’ll only succeed if you come together and play to each other’s strengths while acknowledging your weaknesses… it’s a work in progress, and each small win reminds them that it’s worth it.
An Exciting Announcement
I love hearing from you and so many of you send me lovely emails. And it got me thinking. Rather than keeping it private, why not share our collective wisdom? It’d be great to start a conversation when you feel so called, not just between you and me, but between all of us. That’s why I’ve now enabled comments here on the blog.
To kick it off, I’d love to know, is your workplace the next Jumanji? Scroll down and leave your comments. Can’t wait to hear from you!