September 3, 2023

The punchee


Every now and again, you take a hit. Them punches, eh! Tough to take but you get over it. If you’re smart you take the lesson that was along for the ride – about you or your team or your work or your product, whatever – and grow just a little bit. Most times for the better.

No one chooses to get battered, but one to the gut every now and again … that’s one of the ways we learn who we are and how we work. Not a choice, but in hindsight, good. (Not always, but most times.)

Switch it.

Sometimes, you’re the puncher.

You don’t want to do it, you don’t like to do it … you gotta do it … so maybe you hold back from doing it.

Two things: you’re not doing your job, and you aren’t respecting the punchee’s ability/need to roll with it.

Skippy strategy: Treat them like grown-ups.