Dropped Ball – Your Move
When projects at work start to spin out of control and nerves fray, things can go terribly wrong. Balls get dropped. But do they have to hit the ground and crash?
Not at all.
It depends on your type of organization. It varies based on a company’s culture and how seamlessly the team works together. Does everyone respect and understand the contribution of each teammate? Or does the company consist of mostly silos; “I don’t know or value what you do and couldn’t care less.”
Co-workers generally fall into three camps…those who:
- Stand by and watch the ball fall as if nothing is happening. They give a side-glance to the ball streaking toward the ground knowing it will end in a thousand crashing pieces. Turning a blind eye on the project, they act innocently as if there was nothing they could have done to help prevent the catastrophe. “Not my job. I’m fine over here.”
- Watch the ball smash on the ground & point fingers. Not only do they view it as not their problem, they actually go out of their way to watch other people’s projects hit the ground and disintegrate. They take keen interest from afar hoping things go wrong to make themselves look better. And finally, making sure to point out to everyone whose fault the disaster was and how stupid theywere that they let that happen.
- Dive for the ball as if their life depended on it. This rare breed almost has night vision and can sense when the ball is teetering on the brink. And it doesn’t matter whose ball it is. Instead of letting the project take a free-fall, they jump into action. They dive, reach out and do what it takes to help keep the project from going down with a thud.
Look around your organization. Whose eyes roll when things get dicey? Or who steps up and jumps in to make a difference?
Dive for the ball no matter whose it is.
It could be your pet project heading for the ground next and some extra, unsolicited support just might help save the day.