Squirrel! You know the cartoon where the dog can’t focus because an errant squirrel runs through his field of vision? That’s me. I was diagnosed the other day as having EDD – Entrepreneurial Distraction Disorder. So many things just shout “squirrel” and I can’t ignore them. Here is a link to the details of E.D.D.
What came out of the conversation is that I needed someone in our organization to balance me chasing shiny objects all of the time. It is great to have a visionary approach to problem solving, but the balance is being grounded in delivering the current day-to-day operations. My team decided that I should continue to look forward, but that they would take the reins so that we stay on track executing our current plan. Plan the work then work the plan.
So while there is no little blue pill to treat my diagnosed EDD, there is tremendous value in honestly identifying your strengths and weaknesses. Once they are apparent, you can work with them rather than trying to work around them. Capitalize on the strengths, individually and within teams that you are a member of. Balance any individual’s weakness with another’s strength. If it is you alone, create a self-improvement plan to honestly address your identified areas needing improvement. Try to work your F grades to a C while keeping your As and Bs strong.
We all think that we are just this side of perfect. And it might be just this side of true. However, we all can make improvements to our behaviors once we have identified what is in need. SQUIRREL!