Let Pain Be Your Teacher — but make sure you understand the lesson!

Pain and Doing the Right Thing

  • Some decide the pain means this was the wrong decision and go back to the status quo.
  • Others ignore the pain (like I started out doing) and try to force the system to accept the change.

I Will Make the Change but I Must Address the Pain

  • Addressed the injury behind the pain and
  • Identified a strategy to prevent future reinjuries

Systemic Solutions to Problems Caused from Doing the Right Thing

Examples of Right Things that Might Cause Pain

  • Growth of any kind
  • Expanding to a new location
  • Formalizing a process
  • Creating a new layer of management
  • Limiting decision-making authority
  • Setting up financial controls
  • Any process or policy that limits or prevents someone from doing something they were used to
  • Defining expectations and how they’ll be measured
  • Confronting poor performance



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