Did you have a favorite outdoor park or similar venue that you enjoyed as a child? I did, and we called it the “Duck Pond”. I loved to go to the duck pond with family, friends and the like to walk around, watch and feed the ducks.
One day, I was there with some friends and one of them saw this beautiful feather floating in the water. We all admired the feather for its shape and just “overall beauty”. It was close to the edge of the water, so the friend decided to just reach in and grab it. However, instead of grabbing the beautiful feather, she fell into the mucky water. Oops. The other friend reached over to help her get back to dry land and then, oops, she fell in too. What happened next? You guessed it! I reached in to help both friends and I also fell into the swampy pond. Now all three of us were in this mucky water together. After a few tries and some resourceful help from my mother we were able to walk out of the pond and onto the path. You see, the pond wasn’t deep and it wasn’t something that required an army, just another perspective.
I learned a few things that day:
- Someone once told me that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting different results. I don’t know if we were insane, just simply in a tunnel where our thoughts just weren’t making sense. As a result, lending a hand seemed like the only path.
- Simply following the leader also didn’t work. One person said we should do it, and we did. We didn’t even stop to think if it made sense.
- If you want to get out of the muck, you need to ask for help from the right person and hopefully that person has experience.
Sound familiar? Too many times I have seen business people try the same thing over and over, they try to do things too fast, follow the leader and fail to ask for help from the right people.
Sometimes we simply need to stop, slow down and ask for help from the right experienced people. Experienced people like the ones at The HR Team. So feel free to contact us.