Bickering

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“Please!  This is supposed to be a happy occasion.  Let’s not bicker and argue over who killed who!”

–     King of Swamp Castle, from Monty Python and The Holy Grail, circa 1975

And now, for something completely different…

Not sure why, but at about 3:45 AM today, I awoke thinking of Monty Python.  Silly stuff.  This scene stuck with me, and the concept of bickering came to the fore when DD time rolled around…

Bickering does not move the needle.  At least not in the direction we’d like…

There are two sources of bickering, in the business sense.

First, there are those who bicker over credit.  When something goes well, they want the kudos.  They might even deserve the kudos.  What I’ve learned over the years is, do enough good things, and do them well over the long haul, and the credit for those good things has a tendency to come home to roost where it deserves to rest.

Second, there are those who bicker over blame.  Blame is a loser’s game.  A sucker’s bet.  Blame keeps us from the most important part of losing — learning.  The fact of the matter is, it’s rarely just one person’s fault, and even when it is, what good does that information do us?  Now, as leaders, if we have people consistently gumming up the works, we have to correct, teach and ultimately, maybe make a call on whether we have the right players on the roster.  But blame?  Difference makers ain’t got time for that.

Who did, who didn’t?  Who won the deal?  Who messed up the delivery?  In the big picture, does it really matter?  If it does, let’s deal with it with positive intention.  If it doesn’t, let’s not bicker and argue on what may well be a happy occasion.

Credit tends to accrue for those who’ve earned it.  Blame tends to become self-evident.  Outcomes don’t hinge on either of those two considerations.  Outcomes hinge on how we use our time, and bickering is a loser’s game.  A sucker’s bet.


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