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By Jim Ward

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The Four Rules…

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it” – Lou Holtz

Most of us have to work for a living. It gives us a sense of meaning and joy. The goal is to enjoy what you do, and it will not seem like work, right? Having spent years in the corporate world doing something I enjoyed, I still had challenges and difficult times. Let’s face it, organizations are difficult to navigate! Recently, I was re-reading William Bridges book Managing Transitions. He discusses four simple rules he follows in dealing with transitions. As I was thinking about these, I realized how useful they can be in dealing with workplace issues. Using these rules, I offer my interpretation on how they can be used to navigate difficult workplace issues, which often get in the way of our own progress.

Rule 1: Show up – Whenever faced with a problem, we first need to show up. What does that mean? We need to be prepared to embrace the issue, really lean into it.

Rule 2: Be present – How many times have you been in a conversation with someone and they are not there? They may be there physically, but not mentally. Whatever we face, we must be mentally present and focused.

Rule 3: Tell the truth – Sounds easy. We have all been at the receiving end of some colleague throwing us under the bus to make themselves look good. Political expediency does not lead to long term success.

Rule 4: Let go of outcomes – Work hard to bring change and positive results, but understand that in the end we can not completely control organizational outcomes. We need to let go and move on.

Until next time…


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