Have you ever put your mobile device on charge and then discovered, sometime later, that you never switched the power on? A real 'Grrr' moment and perhaps even a #ffs if you were in a hurry!

This happened to me the other day and when I told my wife, she said that sums me up from time to time.

"You're plugged in ready to charge
but your not switched on"

It made me think about life and work and that this statement is pretty much like any organization; not just on a Monday but any day of the week. Sometimes we set off with great intention and purpose, only to find we are 'deflated' by the actions of others (or lack of), such as leaders and teams.

This creates the 'CBA' phenomenon (Can't be Arsed), which occurs from time to time across most people and most organizations.

But what sets us apart,
is those that do and
those that don't

Perhaps we all experience an element of CBA mentality; a lack of drive to 'make it happen' when we really should actually be doing 'it' (whatever 'it' maybe). But the difference is sometimes, we still get up and do it to the best of our ability even when we don't feel like doing the job in hand.

Sometimes it doesn't feel comfortable to do but we make the effort because we believe it is right. We work at it.

It is easy not to be switched on
by others, (turned on, is a
different subject altogether)

Leaders believe they might have you ready to go with their direction and strategy; but unless we are fully switched on to making it happen, the end results will not be as effective as they should be.

Leadership, in and across any organization or profession, involves not just believing people are ready, but making sure they are fully switched on and prepared. A quality assurance check. The 'go no go' type attitude.

Inspiration to make that happen, really comes from both the top and the bottom.

Leaders need to motivate, maintain and
check; team members need to take
responsibility to do the same

It is easier to settle for the CBA position, rather than motivate ourselves to make it happen; but sometimes, we have to take the rough with the smooth, the good with the bad and just do it, if we are to achieve success.


Paul Kudray

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - A truly down to earth, grounded individual who is a resilience professional. Helping people and organizations to build and maintain their capabilities to respond to and recover from, crisis, emergencies or disasters. Paul is the 'resilience maverick' because he is not like the average resilience professional. He uses his great people skills to break down a complicated and often scary subject to make it easier to understand, want and need. Paul wants to help everyone be a bit more resilient because they can. paul@kudrayconsulting.com.

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