There is a saying that I have discovered through my children’s preschool experiences, “You get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit.” I love this saying and the way it miraculously makes a child understand that you deal with what has been given to you and don’t get upset about it.
If only it was that simple in our organizations! How many times have we been given a task that we thought was outside our comfort zone, considered beneath us to do, or something that was just not interesting. How did you handle this? Did you get angry and demand something else to do, or did you just deal with it and move forward? I believe we have all been guilty of this a time or two in our careers.
Have you had similar experiences with your team members? While it might be enjoyable for you to tell them “you get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit,” this message may not stick with someone over the age of 5! How do you respond when faced with team members that might behave like a rowdy gang of preschoolers when they don’t get their way?
Of course we may want to stomp our feet and stick out our bottom lip in protest when things don’t happen the way we expect. Understanding that you will not always get your way and learning how to deal with that fact is a valuable skill.