LEADER’S FIELD GUIDE
Have you ever had a small task or simple project turn into a treasure hunt? A seemingly modest effort expands into a series of clues that must be decoded, revealing an increasingly difficult obstacle course. It’s like trying to print a one-page report on the office printer and discovering it’s out of paper. After adding paper, you realize the toner cartridge needs to be replaced. Then a firmware update is required before it will print. Wait, wait, who knows the password? Your phone starts dying while talking to tech support. You loaned your charger to someone who just left for the weekend? 18%… 10%… 5%… —–Line dropped, phone dead!
It’s like a scene from a movie without sound effects, Hollywood perks, or a stunt double. You are the star of this strange test or treasure hunt. What’s your gauntlet de jour? Finding out your driver’s license is expired while renting a car? Applying for a job with a strict deadline and finding your résumé is in a format that can’t be updated? We get to choose the treasure or accept the challenge, but rarely pick the hunt.
Here are three tips for treasure hunting:
- Stay Focused: Oh, the temptation to start going through email when you really were searching for that message regarding Q2’s budget. Doesn’t it feel good to delete a few messages or reply with your preference for happy hour locations? Resist! It’s a trap! Don’t be distracted by easier tasks, you still have to get to the real treasure!
- Stay Stubborn: Remain persistent. Only those with full commitment to an outcome will get to the end, not unscathed, but to the goal, the treasure. You might have a few new scars and those usually turn into bragging rights. Shake off the small setbacks, get up walk around, sit back down, and dig in again. If the goal’s not worth it, set a new one!
- Stay Hopeful: When it seems you’ll never get to the end, remember to celebrate the ground already covered. You are getting stronger and smarter– and closer to your goal. Keep track of what is done and know specifically what’s next. Just when you think the movie script couldn’t be any crazier, it IS possible to see a bit of humor in it all!
Yes, sometimes it feels like you’re in a bad movie. You may not have professional hair and makeup, the best lines, or countless retakes, yet you always have your hope, focus, and persistence. Are you in a melodrama or a comedy? Are you a superhero or a mastermind? Choose to have a bit of fun on your treasure hunt and stay present to what you are learning.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Sugerman (PMP, PCC) is a speaker, author, and leadership coach with Leading Synergies. She hosts global masterminds, called Synergy Groups, for REALLY BUSY Christians leading with powerful confidence and humble hearts. She works with high-performing leaders focused on organizational effectiveness by refining strategy, inspiring teams, and delighting clients. Michelle specializes in the areas of information technology, project management, franchise management, and business as mission. Michelle lives in Colorado where she hikes fourteeners and enjoys gourmet meals with her loving husband of 22 years.