Are you inadvertently sabotaging yourself? A few weeks ago, I asked a different question: Would you run a marathon blindfolded? It was in reference to how managers in organizations sometimes (usually inadvertently) set their employees up to fail by not giving them the tools and resources they need in order to get the job done! This post prompted an email from a reader who shared the following:
[This post] reminded me of what one of my bosses used to always say when he saw people doing things in an unnecessarily difficult way.....You can climb Mount Everest in a pair of Oxfords, but it's difficult!
(By the way, Oxfords are formal lace-up shoes, usually worn by men as a necessary component of formal business attire.)
You can climb Mount Everest in a pair of Oxfords, but it’s difficult!
Which got me thinking further. My original post was about how managers were the ones at fault … asking their people to complete tasks or fulfill responsibilities but neglecting to give them the tools and information they needed to make it happen. But what if the guilty party isn’t your manager? What if it’s you? Do we sometimes, without realizing it, sabotage ourselves by wearing the metaphoric Oxfords when we should be wearing hiking boots? Continue reading