The one quote that had me thinking about leadership for weeks…

Recently, a friend of mine said something that caught my attention and had me thinking for while. The quote?

“I am not concerned with whether the glass is half empty or half full. I am concerned with why the glass isn’t the appropriate size.”

Mind. BLOWN. I kept coming back to that quote a lot over the past few weeks. Why though?

The Fit

It might not be the water in the glass that is the issue, but the glass itself. When an employee isn’t living up to the expectations set for them, we as leaders may need to stop asking if someone is right for the job and start asking if the job is right for the person.

Of course, there are tasks that we cannot avoid or change, but can we give our employee something to look forward to when coming to work? Is there an aspect of the position that we can alter to better fit the person we hired? Not only did we hire them for a reason, we spent time and resources onboarding them and training them. (More on successful onboarding next week!)

It takes approximately 60 days for an employee to produce a positive ROI for a company. I’m not saying that you should keep a bad employee around, but what I am saying is: evaluate why a good employee might be slipping in the first place, and put some effort in to assist!

60 day mark
You invest in your employee! Keep up with your investment. They might still be a good fit!

The New Perspective

To get new results from our team and from our work, we need to ask new questions and look at things a new way. Long gone are the days when we can say, “that’s how we have always done it.” The world is changing rapidly and there have been major shifts. Invest in new ideas and new talent. Train senior employees in new processes. Enough of the tired “half-empty/half-full” mentality. It’s time to look at a new line thinking.

New ideas, new glass
Which of these new glasses (read: mugs) will be the one that produces the best results?

The Easier Answer

All this time, we’ve been racking our brains trying to figure out if the glass is half-empty or half-full, when the easier answer comes from trying another glass. There have been times that I have spent hours on a project, attempting to get it to work because I didn’t step back and evaluate the whole thing. I could only see the parts on which I was focused. If I just stopped for a minute and looked at all of the pieces, I could have saved effort, time, and resources. The best answer is often the easiest.

A small amount of critical thinking in any of the more-lengthy-than-they-needed-to-be projects could have made them much easier to digest and finish.

Drink up
All this water talk has got me kind of thirsty! One sip won’t hurt.


Do you take anything away from the quote above, or do you have one of your own? Let us know in the comments below!


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