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Leadership Tip #4: Back it up, Check it out

backup2Last week my computer was giving me hell! Pages that I wasn’t looking for showed up; those that I wanted made a brief appearance and then went the way of UFO’s as far as I can tell. The program wasn’t cooperating and I had no idea what to do next except shut it down. Of course I lost what I was working on, but I could start over again.

The latest Roundtable Speaker, Nan Plummer, CEO of Lexarts, actually addressed this issue in her presentation: “When something goes wrong,” she said, “check what you did last.” I started to review what I had done to confuse my computer and realized I had nine documents open at the same time, and somewhere in my brain, I remember hearing from the tech guy: “there’s a limit on how many docs can be open at the same time.” So, I should have shut down half of them (at least) and worked on the two or three I needed. Simple.

Now, I wonder if this transfers over to real life? If something is going wrong between me and another person, I should pause, back up and think of how this trouble got started. At least that may give both of us a chance to start over. Nan also said, “sometimes something is better than nothing.

Stay in touch,

p.s. If you read the last leadership tip on bar culture, the raunchy bar took in 15% more than usual and the uptown one, only 9%. Looks like the uptown bar’s effort to engage patrons didn’t win them over.

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