Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I don't wanna...
I haven't blogged in a while. And it's really because I haven't felt like blogging in a while. But I've been feeling guilty about not doing it.
Vicki reminded me tonight that I haven't been blogging. And then she gave me some ideas about things I could write about. And it got me to thinking about how I don't want to write about things someone else wants me to write about. And that got me thinking about creativity in general, and work as well.
I do best when I own what I'm doing. I write best when I have something I think is worth talking about, even if it's silly. And I work best when the work I'm doing is something I'm really engaged with and want to do well at, even if it might seem silly to other people. Conversely, it's a struggle for me to have to write about things I'm told I have to write about or work at things I'm told I have to do when I don't want to, regardless of their apparent value to others.
At the same time, it doesn't mean the idea has to be mine to start with. For example, there are times when someone comes to me with an idea at work that I immediately "own", even though it's not mine.
So I wonder if there is a way to want to own those things that come my way that I really don't want to do. Basic maturity will compel you to get things done; we all have things we do just because they're part of our job and we're responsible for getting them done. But I know I will consistently do a much better job when I'm doing the things I own, the things I want to do.
The flip side of the coin is that I'm in a leadership and supervisory position, and I often have to assign work. My guess is that everyone else is pretty much the same as me: they do well at the things they own (regardless of whether the idea is theirs or is given to them), and not so well at what they don't own. So how can I help others to feel a greater sense of ownership about what they are doing as well? Really that's at the heart of leadership, but sometimes I forget that and just figure they want to do the same things I want them to do. It would be a huge understatement to say that's a miss.
So what's the answer? I have some ideas, but I think I'll leave them for another night. Besides, now I have something I want to write about.