- WHY do these people drive me crazy?
- Are they REALLY so different from me - or maybe too much alike?
- Does their BEHAVIOR push me out of my comfort zone?
- Is it a VALUE issue...or is it a PERSONALITY issue?
- What can I LEARN from these people?
- What are the PATTERNS among the different people who drive me crazy - both today and in the past?
As I consider the different people who drive me crazy, several things become apparent very quickly:
- their strengths are very different from mine
- they tend to not back away from conflict
- they seem to spend more time at their desks than walking around and talking with people
- they would rather talk about operational approaches rather than strategic approaches
- they tend to see the glass as half-empty rather than half-full
- they would rather blame others than take on the responsibility for change
- they make more statements than they ask questions
The difficult part of making this list is that I have to come to the realization that each of the above behaviors can be a great advantage to an organization:
- different strengths allow for different ways of looking at the same issue
- ideas need to be challenged in a strong manner
- data needs to be collected and shared, which takes time to put together
- things need to get done - vision without action is only a dream
- the realities of the organization need to be named and talked about
- people who mess up need to take responsibility for their bad work
- decisions need to be made after asking the right questions
OK, I get the point. I understand that it's good if there are people in the organization who drive me crazy. I may not understand how they think...I may not like how they act...I can disagree with their behaviors and attitudes...but I need to embrace them as important to the organization and try my hardest to work with them. Here's to those who drive me - and you - crazy!