Moving From Obstacle to Advantage

In the same week, I heard the following obstacles shared by two different organizations that were significantly different in the number of students they served:

School District 1 – We are so small that we don’t have the resources that we need to do the things that we want.

School District 2 – We are so large that there are so many obstacles to get things done across our district.

So the thinking is that if the first organization had the size of the second one, they would be successful, and vice versa.

So let’s switch the thinking around.

School District 1 – We are so small that we can move very quickly to change our culture.

School District 2 – We are so large that we have access to so many resources that we can take advantage of to move our district forward.

You can wish you had something else, or you can take advantage of where you are.

This is not about moving from a pessimist to an optimist, but finding strengths where you may have seen weakness.

Instead of thinking about whether you are a “glass-half-full” or “glass-half-empty” person, why not ask, “what’s in the glass?”  Figure that out, work from there, and use it to your advantage.

Source: George Couros