Early in my career I learned a valuable lesson from a great leader. When I didn’t deliver on a project, I had nothing but a list of excuses and blame. His response? “Don’t tell me about the labor pains – just show me the baby.” He wasn’t interested in excuses, or blaming someone else. All he wanted was a completed project. Recently, I’ve been dealing with some people who feel they need to place blame for their inability to deliver, or at least give me an excuse why another person made their work difficult. My answer?
“Don’t tell me about the labor pains – just show me the baby.” Suck it up. I don’t care that Bob didn’t return your call, Susan missed her deadline, or Jack never responded to your email. That’s your problem, not mine. All I want to know is when it’s going to be delivered.
If you have problems with other team members or employees, don’t run to the boss, deal with it directly.
Become a problem SOLVER, not a BLAMER.
Lead – even if it’s with team members on the same level as you. Your boss has enough problems. He or she isn’t interested in your complaints about other people.