Week 33 – Command #1

Insanity

It was a simple command:

Do it right.

But no matter how many times I told him, he could not get it right.

Pushed to the brink, I stopped just short of calling him stupid, and gave him one last chance.

Halfway through, I ran across a quote, presumably from Albert Einstein –

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.”

So I did something completely different.

I called him into my office, and instead of micromanaging, I asked:

Is there anything I can do to help you succeed?

Surprisingly – at least to me – he said yes.

I found a different way of doing this, he said, and I would like you to support my trying it out this other way before you fire me.

I was stunned. I had only known me way – my command.

So in the spirit of Albert, I told him to go ahead.

Lo and behold, it was done correctly – ahead of schedule.

And he and I were happy in our own way.