No Amount of Pain Can Break You, If You Learn This!

Search for elasticity on Wikipedia and the article will start with “In physics, elasticity (from Greek ἐλαστός “ductible”) is the ability of a body to resist a distorting influence or deforming force and to return to its original size and shape when that influence or force is removed.

 

The force or pressure is never enough to break anyone, literally. However, according to AIS (American Institute of Stress), around 80% people undergo some form of stress at work; nearly half of which don’t know how to deal with it.

 

Whether, it’s managing work-life or managing difficult people around you, the amount of stress or pain one goes through is proportional to one’s ability to manage such situations.

 

As research would have it, a vast majority of people can’t deal with these situations without being aggressive; which is similar to not being able to deal with it.

 

I see an opportunity where most of us see anxiety, stress, and pain.

 

Most of us have had these thoughts/situation, more than a couple of times

  • I was made to work till late after office hours
  • I was made to work on something I was not comfortable with, or had no previous knowledge
  • I was denied the rewards and recognition, which I deserved

How many of us deal with it head-on?

Challenged the manager or argued with him. We might even had compared ourselves to other and highlighted what we were doing (more) than the other people in the team.

But, have you really thought about the kind of work you do or you’re being asked to do?

Oh, I’ve been there, done that all too. But, I’ve always taken up the new work [the dirty work] so that I can stretch myself, and see if I can possibly handle that, or how much of it I was prepared to deal with.

 

The end game, has always been to be prepared! To be prepared for what’s out there, when I move to a different place, a different role, or when unexpected events occur.

 

Doing the same thing would prepare me for the same thing, but when the same thing runs out – where would I land?

 

More than that, I’ll not be doing the same thing – time and again.

 

So … shortcomings are short-lived, and they make you short-sighted. But, when you have bigger picture in your sight, you don’t lose hope, your ultimate goals.

 

The ship farthest from the shore explores more treasure. – If you haven’t heard that before, well… You’ve heard it now!

 

One should explore more and stretch beyond the routine, not because it’ll benefit you in the short term, but because you would know what you can achieve or must achieve, in order to reach your goals.

 

Moreover, this has to be an ongoing process which you engraft in your lifestyle, of your freewill rather than a forced one!

 

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How Not To Lead Into Deadlock

Have you worked in an agile environment?

Adaptable, flexible, and adjectives like that are common when you look for a job or talk to people. Everyone’s got the role and responsibilities defined. However, we do tend to overlook them when needed or to say when we are lazy.

Recently, I came across a situation where the team was behind schedule by a mile and they needed to get the impediments out as quickly as possible. Funny thing is, people may forget about the common goal they’re working towards, they never forget to play the blame game. It’s never easy to work with team across geographies, with varied cultures. So, instead of resolving the issues at hand, the teams involved started this ping pong of passing the work/blame over to other team. And when asked about the status, the teams responded they are analysing the issue and everything is working fine at their end but it’s the other team who needs to fix at their end. So if two systems are working fine individually but not when they are integrated, then whose territory is the integration? Ummm.. Obviously, it’s both the teams’.

It’s like those situations where without the handshake, the meeting never happened! The simplest approach at this time would have been for both the teams coming together and resolving it. But, due to their time differences, approach differences, and failure to identify this need: the meeting never happened. Amidst, all this the team who was responsible for verification was blocked. In spite of checking every possible scenario, working with all the tools at hand, and speaking to different technical teams; it was a deadlock!

After days of waiting, planning and re-planning, the teams were forced to make time for THE call. Didn’t matter if one is on earth and other on moon, if one is sitting in office late at night or coming too early; the meeting was absolutely necessary!

Where’s the wall with “Bang Your Head Here” written all over it?!

Someone, please shoot ’em all!! The call, which went on for around 45 minutes, made it clear that there were certain changes required at both ends to make the code work. And just like that we all had an understanding of what needed to be changed and an agreement, at last!

This situation led me back to three principles which are long forgotten,

  1. You don’t always have to move mountains, you can go around them – every problem doesn’t need a complex solution. A very basic or simple idea can do wonders
  2. Although, he should but it’s not always a project manager’s duty to intervene and resolve issues like these – anyone can take that step and be authoritative. Authority comes by being knowledgeable and analytical, not only with designation or title.
  3. Learn to put your personal agendas aside, there are times when project’s goal/client needs take the pilot seat.

There’s a very deep meaning to it, but if you can decipher it then you may lead a better life than others.

 “You grow together, you lead in a group; alone you can think of being whomsoever, but it will not turn in to reality!” – P.R.

 

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