A Challenging Week and Introspection on Questions Asked

It has, indeed, been a challenging week both on a personal level and at the office. As a general rule, I try to avoid anything that may be?considered complaining or griping on my blog, but since this weeks trials have led to interesting introspection, I thought I’d clarify.

At work, we’ve a couple of projects that have been stalled (for a couple of different reasons) which is always frustrating as it means we’re sitting spinning our wheels on a couple of things. I like to keep things rolling, and when there is a stall it makes it challenging to maintain motivation for myself and the team, and it means we’re not operating efficiently (which ultimately comes back to hit the bottom line).

At home, we’re still getting used to our new appartment (like picking up extension cords, picture hanging equipment, etc) and Xiaopu has been very very ill. Earlier this week, Xiaopu had a bit of a cough, but starting Wednesday afternoon she became very ill with a severe throat infection.?She’s still fighting it, trying to deal with how it’s tossed our schedule for a loop has been challenging…resulting in her missing classes, and myself missing several key events related to work.

This has led to some interesting introspection, as weeks like this cause me to get lost in the details….get to work, miss a meeting, take Pu to the doctor, write the cheque, make the call, etc, etc, etc. Whenever that happens, it makes me wonder – is it worth it? The good thing though, is that it’s almost always a resounding "YES!"

People often ask me "How’s the business doing?" and I find myself always answering, "As usual – there are ups and downs." And that’s really the truth of things is that there are always breath-taking highs and catastrophic lows. At any given moment we are celebrating some success (right now those would include a new sale, a stalled project getting back on track) and fighting some fire (a couple of slowed projects). We’ve had some interesting new leads developed, and some old relationships renewed – in short, there’s a heck of a lot more up than down right now, but when I get lost in the details I tend to forget that.

A lot of the idolized business founders are painted as motivational, inspirational leaders – Bill Gates, for example, is often described as a dynamic person that will dip in and out of initiatives – weeks like this make me wonder, how true are these images? How often do these figures have bad weeks where they have trouble maintaining the momentum? Am I just too mortal?

Either way, it’s time to buckle back down, keep my chin up and get back to the grindstone.

~ Joseph


VP HCM Products at NetSuite and Founder of TribeHR and Lewis Media. Waterloo Region Enthusiast and active volunteer.

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