Most of us know that old cliche when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping.
It’s always bound to get a laugh and in lots of situations, it’s true.
A new book, an article of clothing, or some sort of pick me up can make the blues go away.
But it doesn’t make the problem go away, and so I think a better statement is when the going gets tough, the tough go into action.
A new toy of any sort won’t remove a problem you’re having with an employee, a client, or a computer system at the end of its life.
It won’t make the bills disappear or relationship troubles suddenly improve.
And while I’m all for toys and other forms of self-care, I believe that action is what is required.
Here are the action steps that can help:
Assess the situation and gain clarity on the situation BEFORE taking steps to make a change
Bring in an expert if required. Remember that you don’t always have to go it alone, and in most cases, a subject matter expert can shed light on a difficult situation.
Examine your options and look closely at:
Timing required to ramp up the solution
Potential training to implement the solution
Measure and assess along the way in case re-engineering is required
Be proud of yourself for acting on the matter and NOW, go shopping.