Category Archives: Critical Thinking

Painful Scenes …

This little video has been making the rounds over the past few days, but I just managed to squeeze in a look-see on Sunday afternoon … and it left me wishing a few things …

I wish I had passed it by … watching this was one uncomfortable and even painful experience.  I was almost immediately overwhelmed

I wish I could say that this is just humor … but like most truly humorous things, it has the absolute ring of truth about it.  I found myself putting real names to the characters as the story unfolded.

I wish that this was not the way meetings, planning, and collaboration between groups goes, but I know that it all too often is exactly how things go.  I can almost taste the discouragement that we are not further down the road in listening to each other, understanding and analyzing problems, and in leadership.

The man in the middle is the one for whom I reserve special enmity … he is the epitome of a poor leader and the worst aspect is his total obliviousness to his own inability to effectively lead.  Never gets the reality of what is being discussed, is clueless regarding how to manage discussions effectively, and does not respect those whom he leads.

Sorry, I had been expecting a cute little video about silly things that happen when workers get together.  Instead I got a strong dose of reality … and a refreshed resolve to get busy doing something about this.

I just don’t want them to need to make more videos like this about real workplace life in the Heartland ….

John Pick Seven

Dinner Table Setting

Michael Wade (AKA Execupundit) has an annoying habit of asking really difficult questions.

Here’s a doozy of an example that has nothing to do with college basketball games or who’s going to be the next Letterman: Pick Seven

Wondering how to answer a simple question in the Heartland ….


Do Overs …

GolfGolf has mulligans, cinema has the plot line where couples magically reconnect in romance after a lifetime apart,  and reality television has extreme makeovers … so why can’t I just have a simple “Do Over”?

I could be so perfect, if only I had another chance.

I could be a better friend … because now I see the value of being a friend in order to have a friend.

I could be a better child … because I understand what my parents went through more deeply.

I could be a better parent … because I know both the child and the adult side of things.

I could be a better employee … because I see the worth of doing a good job in a focused way.

I could be a better manager … because I can relate to being managed.

I could be a better leader … because I recognize the traits of both poor and great leadership.

Well, I do not play golf, spend much time watching films about lost love regained, or watch too much television, especially the reality genre, so I guess I’m out of luck.   No do overs on what has already been done.  Those pages are written, those reports have been filed … you cannot go home again, step into the same river twice, or (insert your favorite saying about how time moves on here).  The past is the past.

Of course, that does leave the present and the future …

Maybe I could always switch from wishing I could things over again and make them better to doing things better into the future … just a thought.

Pondering on this latest epiphany to come to light in the Heartland ….