Black holes and Boomerangs Revisited
Back in 2009 I wrote a piece on Black Holes and Boomerangs. It had nothing to do with science or curved wooden implements. I almost kept a small boomerang when I came back from Australia in April because of my prior post. I have written that as a blog article, a magazine post, and turned it into a speech. Now I wish I had that real Aussie boomerang to hang on my wall. Because they’re BACK. Like THE MOVIE. You know which movie.
I have to work on a pretty intensive project that is going to keep me busy possibly forever – no kidding aside. So, I have embarked on pushing projects out to people on my staff. I have to. The projects won’t get done unless I do this and trust them. Well, there you go. It’s the trust them part that is failing. Because I did. And it failed. And they are back in my court. Boomerangs. There are two to four black holes out there that I probably need to follow up on because they will never become boomerangs. They will just hang and languish with the hopes that nobody notices they are missing in action.
Ring a bell with you? It should. It happens all the time. All over the world. It just can’t happen in my world because too many external things are going on right now and I need people bellying up to the bar so to speak. And not drinking. And not turning the project back to me – which is the boomerang part – or letting the project drift off into never never land never to be heard from again – which is the black hole part.
And I am at a loss as to what to do. I just confronted said guilty parties and got the classic “duh, dear in head lights, surely you can’t mean me, I am innocent, obviously you are a crazed women” look. Gosh I hate that look. I want to take paint varnish and smear it off their faces. It’s like they think I am stupid or something. My goodness, can you tell I am upset.
We are at a crossroads here. I need people standing up and taking charge. Instead, I am surrounded by ostriches. My task for the day will be to figure out a way to inspire these people to get the heck out of ostrich-dom and take responsibility. Ah, but this is not an easy thing to do – especially when they are family. Ah, family in the business. Gee, that’s another blog article.
I have empowered them. I have stepped away and not hovered over them. I’ve done all the things I should do to make them responsible. But it is not happening. Next mission is to figure out how to motivate non-motivatable people. Is that a word? Should be. Ah, that will be my next blog article.
So, on a less than spectacular day, I bid you adieu while I go off to Googleland to look up how to deal with deadbeats.
For those interested, here’s the link to the original blog post. By the way – the same people are involved. Sigh. Some things never change.