I Didn’t Sign Up For All This People Shit
You didn’t? Well, truth be told, neither did I.
When I started in Computing, I was interested in the bits, the bytes, the blinking lights. It took years for that to pale. Not that it’s ever gone away entirely. I still write code and solder things, most every day. Just for fun.
But an easy familiarity rubbed the shine and sparkle off the new toys, and a deepening dissatisfaction with the way things worked – or more exactly, the way the work worked – set in. So I set myself the task of understanding why it was so. That was some thirty years ago.
It’s been a long and winding path since then. I followed the Better Process Path for some years, thinking process was the answer. Then the Better Management/Leadership Path, believing *that* was the answer.
And then – rather late, you may say – I chose to spend some time better understanding the problem, rather than other people’s suggested or reported solutions.
Of course, it’s your career (or not – maybe you’re just filling-in until something else comes along) and I’m not writing this to oblige you to follow any particular path. I’m happy for you to decide how to proceed.
But I do come across many folks who seem to be try to get one or more of their following needs met:
- To do good work
- To not waste time on stuff that’ll never be used
- To build crazy wicked cool tech things
- To be successful (however you, personally, might define that)
- To change things for the better
- To make a positive difference in the world
Would you be willing to ask yourself:
- “What is the nature of the things that are preventing me from getting my needs met?”
- “Are my current strategies effective? And if not, why not?”
- “Are there other strategies, maybe that I’m not aware of, that I could be using to better effect?”
Maybe, just maybe, you might come to the same conclusion as I have – that to get the above needs met, getting to know people and how they tick – the People Path – is one possible effective strategy.