I am unwrapping posts from the archives and mixing the old with the new. Enjoy this post from the past.
I have written previously about how, in HR, we are bound by so many rules and regulations that the challenge lies in us finding ways to get the job done in spite of them. There are grey areas, there is wiggle room, and there are self-imposed interpretations that can be more restrictive than they need to be. Our challenge as leaders is being able to look at an issue from a new perspective.
In a post on Fast Company, Donna Karlin leads with a quote a rings true to me,"We don't see things are they are, we see things as we are" - Anais Nin
Getting beyond ourselves and what we've always done and realizing that what you thought was an absolute, non-negotiable truth, absolutely was not. What you thought was a solid wall might actually have a weak spot for a nice bay window - there may be a way around, or better yet right through, a perceived barrier to meeting an organizational need or to providing a service.
There may be a way but we will need to do our homework first.
How did I get here? Not by any planful way at all but by a few different conversations, venting sessions and very frustrating interpersonal interactions. They were all converging, blending, stirring and then . . . at one "AHA" moment, a possibility came to me on my way into work one morning. "Of course, why didn't we see that sooner?" This possibility suddenly shone a new light on all previous interactions and conversations.
I am only
able to accomplish the things that I do because of those around me and
we may have stumbled upon a window in a seemingly airtight room. But you
know what, even if we find out that is isn't, it has reminded me of the
value in discussing issues, listening to dissenting
opinions, allowing all sides of an issue to be presented, and more
so, of the value of that each and every person.