If You See a Dinosaur... Email Print
Published: 6th of Jul 2018 by: Debbie

Remember nursery rhymes?

One of the more familiar ones must be:

"Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream!

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream,
If you see a crocodile,
Don’t forget to scream!

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently to the shore,
If you see a dinosaur,
Don’t forget to roar!!"

This reminds me a bit of the learning curve that we encounter when entering a new job.

Firstly, all goes well and seems merry indeed as new challenges place us on a learning curve that is not beyond our reach, interesting and new, and our motivation levels are high. New job, new opportunities! Life is but a dream!

As we start settling though, a crocodile or two may appear, sometimes lazing and no immediate threat, but sometimes really hungry and ready to devour us in a moment should we lose focus. This crocodile can appear in the form of errors made, information not conveyed, or tasks that seem daunting and definitely scary. It is likely at this stage that reality sets in and that slowly but surely we realise that we need to be heard. We will start settling in and asking questions, making requests and recommendations if necessary, albeit tentatively at first.

At this point it is necessary for management to understand that we need assistance and coaching through this phase of the new job if we are to avoid a loss of motivation. The lack of this support, for the employee can indeed lead to a (silent and inner) scream!

Finally we get through the learning cycle and reach full potential and renewed motivation. At this point everything is good and progress is being made by all. Sadly however human nature is such that complacency may set in as soon as the work becomes too easy, too mundane and too routine. We as humans forget what it was that inspired us in the first place and we forget, while rowing merrily, that we need to be searching for new challenges and inspiration whether in the same job at the same company or searching for new adventures.
Slowly we become part of the furniture, barely able to see how we are fossilising, as we go from Monday to Friday down the same stream.

Our reminder today thus is: If you see a dinosaur, don’t forget to ROAR! Step up onto the shore and make the changes you would like to see!

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