DO YOU HAVE A POSSUM PROBLEM?KEEP YOUR TEAM GOING WHEN THE UNEXPECTED CREEPS IN
I asked Josh before I shared this, because I didn’t want to end up like the possum in this story. He gave it the go-ahead — probably to pay penance for what you are about to read…
When I was 40 weeks pregnant, I was working in my garden when a possum popped out from under the house. It looked me dead in the eyes – mouth wide open, vampire teeth bared – and hissssssssssed.
I tried to ward it off with a hoe, but that only made it madder. It charged at me like a bull, and I ran around like a rodeo clown.
That night when I told Josh, he promised to evict my furry foe.
A few days later we welcomed our baby girl into our possum-free world.
Or so I thought. A stench soon engulfed our house. Then fleas invaded. I checked the dogs, and they weren’t the source of the pests.That could mean only one thing…
Josh had not dealt with the possum.
Shortly before Penelope arrived, we had our 90-year-old house tented for termites, which led to the accidental demise of the possum I was assured had been removed.
And another one.
And another one.
I was hormonal. I was sleep deprived. I was angrier than a possum on steroids.
Yet unlike the possums, our love survived.
The whole fiasco makes me think about joy versus happiness in the workplace. Joy is like my love for Josh. Even in the midst of the possum problem, it didn’t change. Happiness, however, flees when circumstances aren’t great – like when there’s a possum graveyard under your house, a flea circus inside of it, and you find yourself imagining your spouse was also in the crawl space when the house was treated.
Fostering a culture of joy within the workplace will keep your team united, passionate and productive when unexpected “possum projects” pop up.
LAUREN PASQUALONE, LLC
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