Vent Time: My primary responsibility is long range planning, looking forward. Unfortunately, as a society, as a nation, as an economy, we are focused on the now - the next quarter results - etc..... [you get the idea]. So today, my financial meeting was cancelled, by one of our Senior Leaders. This is the #5 cancel in the last 3 months. They do not hold financial and long range planning as a core value. Their position in the organization allows them to make decisions such as this. Thing is, I know that I put my pants on the same way they, One Leg At A Time. Position often allows others to to change things up on their whim or agenda. That Just Sucks. End Of Rant.
One of the things we try and focus on for coaching and leadership development, is to make sure you are performing your "role". Supervisors need to supervise, Managers need to Manage, Directors need to direct, and Vice Presidents need to VP (meaning, focus on strategy and look ahead).
Unfortunately, especially in times of difficulty or stress, we have a tendency to revert to our previous mode of operation (our comfort zone). At our facility, we have VPs acting as Directors, Directors acting as Mangers, and based on their "position power", this usurps all else that is going on. The more you have Directors acting as managers, that forces Managers to revert to supervisory roles, and Supervisors reverting to individual contributor roles. This cycle works good for immediate issues and events, but ABSOLUTELY does not work for look aheads, long range planning, and strategic thinking.
So, my wish for you is to recognize your role, whether it is at home or at work. Make sure you put on the proper uniform to allow you to fulfill your role - Parent, Sibling, Relative, Friend, Coworker, Supervisor, Manager [you get the picture]. It can be hard at times to stay in your designated role, but I believe you will come out a better person in the long run :o)