The challenge

It wasn’t until I left the meeting, came home, watched my wife put Amanda to sleep , and went into the home office that I started to think about what happened that morning and the conclusion that I came to. Having teams, divisions, companies reach goals while there are many negative factors is a high accomplishment.

I met an old coworker that morning heard the great things he was working on, the plans, the ambitious vision (which i do think he’ll complete), and thought to myself. I’m doing it wrong. And, What I wouldn’t give. I realized that the company he’s helped build operated with a different mentality and it was do to this mentality that it became and is successful. I guess you can say, I miss it.

Hitting reality
Reality. The reality of the situation though, my situation, is different. Though I wish my teams under me reach the point his entire company runs under reach and I reach the point where I think and plan like he does, I realize I’ve had success with a very critical component which he might never encounter do to the culture of the company he runs. How to reach goals, milestones, when not all pieces either cant or wont operate at 100% and you have no option but to keep the problems is a challenge.

So far, the formula i’ve implemented is and has shown results. Some believe it to be me putting in long hours (it’s not), or me doing the work for my teams (it’s not), it’s simply observing, looking at the process, and identifying pain points. Yes some times the pain points are personnel based but most of the time it’s not. Yes it does bring unwanted stress since I cant simply move the problem out of the situation like my friend can but it helps me work with what I have to the highest degree.

What am I getting at?
Working and delivering results in a non ideal environment is a great challenge that not many people can succeed at. Though I sometimes wish I had the wiggle room to remove continued problems knowing that results were attained under non ideal conditions is great.

The challenge? Not to get discouraged.

Armando Padilla


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