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Stuff happens! Why leaders need to step back and look at the big picture

Watch this four-minute clip of comedian Louis CK on the Conan O’Brien show.

The entire segment is very funny, but the statement that caught my attention was at the beginning of the clip when Louis CK says “Everything is amazing right now and nobody’s happy.”

As leaders, it’s very easy to get caught up in the day-to-day minutiae that makes up your work life, and just as easy to get frustrated when things don’t work out exactly the way we had hoped or intended.  When that happens, it’s easy to throw our hands up in the air and lament the processes, systems and people “we have to work with!”  Yet perhaps, it is at these very times that we should pause and celebrate the tools we have available to us today that let us accomplish incredible things at a fraction of the time and cost that they might have in the past.  Even as recently as one or two years ago!  Food for thought on a Tuesday afternoon!

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