We live in a wondrous age, where with one device I can talk and text, browse the Internet and take pictures. If I so desire, I can instantly upload my photos to Instagram, Facebook, Pintrest or any other social media outlet and they can potentially be seen by millions of people. I am going to date myself, but I remember a day when we used cameras loaded with film to take pictures. There are potentially readers of this blog that have no idea what I am talking about when I mentioned the word film in regards to a camera, so bear with me. When I was young, if we wanted to take pictures and to be able to see them, we had to get off the couch, take our film to store which could develop it, drop it off, wait 1-2 weeks, get off the couch again, hope against hope that at least one or two of the pictures came out alright as we drive to the store and pick up our pictures.
So what happened when we dropped our film off back in the day? It went through a developing process. Undeveloped film was taken into a dark room, into which no outside light was allowed, removed from its protective casing and exposed to a series of processes in order to enlarge, expose and fix the image onto paper. In the first process, the image was enlarged onto paper and placed into a solution, which exposed the image. Once the image reaches the proper exposure, the developing picture is placed into a stop solution, which halts the exposure process. Finally, the image is placed into a fixing solution that fixes the image and washes away impurities from the development process. What is left is an enlarged image of the exposure on the film. This process is not fast; to develop one picture can take several hours and sometimes the final result is not exactly what you expected.
Why in the world is a leadership and team development consultant writing about how old he is and how to develop film? This process of developing yourself or your work force is very similar to the process of developing film. 1.First, problems must be exposed. This is analogous to taking a picture. Often time to get the best picture of a situation, someone else needs to take a snapshot. Sometimes you may not even be aware a particular problem exists or that it is causing the issue at hand. 2. Once the problem is exposed, it needs to taken to place where outside influences aren’t allowed to interfere with its solution, a metaphorical dark room. We need to separate the outside influences that might be exacerbating the problem from the problem itself. Moving to an offsite location and removing people from their comfort zone is sometimes the best way to accomplish this. 3. Next the problem needs further exposure, someone to take a look at the true cause of the issue and probe to get the root of the problem. Too much exposure might not be good from a photographic standpoint, but it is just what is needed for solving leadership or team building problems. 4. Finally, the problem must be fixed. This is often the longest and most difficult part of the process. All the issues must be separated and the core matters must be resolved. As with film development, the final product might not be exactly what we had hoped; however, with careful set-up, planning, execution and follow-through, we can get a picture perfect result every time.
Having issues for which you just can’t get the whole picture? Do you or your employees need more development to reach the next level of success? Give us a call and let us here at Rogue Consulting Group come take a snapshot of your situation. For more information, check out http://rogueconsultinggroup.com/programs/corporate-leadership/.