I like to write about events that occur during the course of a day and how they relate to your world and mine in Operations. Yesterday, everything went fabulous. Nothing went wrong, nothing broke, everything I started I completed, and every interaction I had was positive. I found myself at the end of the day both feeling wonderfully fulfilled and absolutely lost. I got stuff done and I felt like I made a difference.
Just like the first chapter of the Toyota Way says, people want to make a difference. What I realized was a few things. My feeling of fulfillment was in my work life, my feeling of being lost was in my personal life, and maybe the two together have a couple lessons for me. It strikes me that not many, if any of us, and myself for sure, can truly say we'd know what our work future could look like in concrete terms if we no longer had drama and problems going on daily.
We should be inspired by, and take ownership over, trying to do things because it's what we want and need to be at our work rather than attack against what we don't want to be. It sounds simple and a cliche but how many of us have seen the difference when one person always says "we can't" and another says "to solve it we have to change". One drives us crazy, one feels challenging. I find myself thinking about all the training I do, all the consulting I do, and everything else, and starting to think that it's time to re-evaluate my orientation and change my examples and materials to what it can look like to inspire not based on needing to do to avoid failure.
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