I’m difficult but with purpose.
I’ve said this about myself on numerous occasions, and I’m sure many of the bosses I’ve had over the years had a hell of a time managing me. Then again, like Grace Hopper said:
You manage things. You lead people.
And it’s not that I’m trying to be difficult.
I just enjoy debate. No, that’s not right. I enjoy understanding what makes others tick, and that can be more easily explored where we disagree. I believe it’s this mindset that’s helped me with navigating conflict.
In fact, it reminds me of the highest praise I’ve received as a coach. A few years ago, three team members were talking privately, and I came up. One of them later shared with me the screenshot you see here. My wish is that all of us receive this kind of feedback at some point in our careers.[Read more…]