We spend a lot of our time working. Some of it by choice, some by necessity.
I blog because I want to. I look for the little nugget of value buried inside the big messy stack of stuff that comes our way every day.
I look for the bloggable moment.
Nobody made me get up this morning to write this blog post, yet here I am. In about two hours, I’ll be working on the June coverage calendar for our Facebook agents – which falls under the the necessity part.
Work matters. It’s part of human nature to do things.
For much of our work, we use tools, like the computer I’m using to write this. Here’s the thing about tools. We take them for granted as long as they let us do the stuff we need to get done. When tools get glitchy, then work gets less interesting.
The other day, I uploaded a new BIOS update to my Toshiba laptop. Ever since then, I have been having weird problems. The brightness for the screen display goes from the proper setting to very dark in an abrupt manner, and my LED keyboard backlight function no long works properly. This is annoying, but it doesn’t prevent me from doing this work. It does make the work harder to do.
I’ve tried to fix the bugs, but can’t figure out the hack required. I’m doing the work even though the tool isn’t perfect. I’m doing this to myself knowing exactly what I am doing, because it’s the easy way out right now. I can still get the job done, so eff the fix.
Here’s the leadership nugget to take away from my glitchy laptop.
There’s a good chance that a lot of your employees are facing their own versions of my glitchy laptop tool problem. It would be admirable if we all could commit to fixing just one problem like this for one of our employees every day. Hell, it might be make a great theme for a workplace initiative.
That’s the bloggable moment for today.
If you are looking, you can find a bloggable moment in almost anything.