Knowing what to do. Being there to do it.

I’ve published two guest articles since my last post here.

First, there’s Jim Allen’s “How to Get Going When You Don’t Know What to Do.” Coach Jim talks about the times you can get stuck. Times when you have problems that you don’t know enough about, don’t have enough experience in, to resolve. He has some good advice for those times.

I’d like to add that there are other reasons for being stuck that his advice applies to as well. Sometimes, you know what to do, but don’t have the resources to do it. Sometimes you know what to do, but others are involved who block your solution. In fact, I think that those times are more common than not knowing what to do. And I think they are more frustrating.

If you follow Jim Allen’s advice, you can use it to figure out what to do when you don’t know initially. And you can use it to create alternatives to the solutions you know but can’t apply.

Second is Nan Russell’s “Winning at Working — Being Present.” Ms. Russell uses a quote I like, from Malcolm Forbes: “Presence is more than just being there.” As she points out, many people show up at work but are only “half there.” They are inattentive, bored, slow, make silly mistakes. They seem to lack purpose or intention. Just “get by.” Do you recognize yourself, co-workers or employees in that description?

Russell describes the problem and solution in detail to help you figure out what to do about it. Well worth the read.