Do or do not. There is no try.

Our daily basis provides us with some conflicts, problems, goals which are not always easy to beat. We can usually think (and maybe with reason) that circumstances overcome us; they are too much for us. It is exactly at this point when we must know what attitude we have to adopt to deal with them.

Do or do not. There is no try.

Do or do not. There is no try.

Do or do not. There is no try“. This is, with no doubt, one of the strongest quotes in the history of cinema and defines the best attitude we have to assume when circumstances are adverse. When everything seems stagnant and we don’t know how to carry on, we have to look inside ourselves to be able to find the exit. Unforgettable moment that Jedi master Yoda gives us in The Empire strikes back.

When events are not on our favor we can assume different roles:

1. Resign: There is nothing we can do to achieve our goal. We should better be realistic as soon as possible to not invest a valuable time that won’t bear us any fruit.

2. Try to overcome them: We propose ourselves to try to carry on, looking for the weaknesses to attack in order to achieve our goals.

3. Overcome them: We convince ourselves about our ability to achieve our aim. We must be conscious of our strengths as well as our weaknesses that can hinder us. This way we will know how to adapt to the situation and deal with it.

From the first to the third point there’s a huge gap, and everything is simply reduced to our problem’s perception. That is, to our attitude. Only when we are convinced that we can achieve any situation, we will achieve it, until we don’t reach this point, we will only try it.

It is important to know, which doesn’t mean believe, that we can endure any problem, we can cross any impediment that stay in our way, and we can even set aside the biggest obstacles. The only thing we need to do is to know it. What matter here is not the intention, it is the action.

If you enjoyed how master Yoda motivates, don’t doubt to check Óscar’s Ray post where you will find twelve film characters who exercise as coaches.

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Don’t burn after reading!

If there’s something that can destroy a whole organization this is, with no doubt, a bad communication. if we have a bad external communication (with customers, suppliers, etc…) we have a big problem that must be solved quickly. But if we have a bad internal communication, we don’t have a problem, we are in a fine mess (maybe it’s time to call Mr. Wolf).

When a bad communication (or absence of it) has become part of the organizational culture, it’s the moment to make a rest, breathe deeply and try to solve the situation. If we are capable to do this, we may be able to avoid many troubles.

Bad communication consequences.

Bad communication consequences.

But, is there anything even worse than a bad communication? Yes. Have it and do not realize, so we won’t be conscious of the situation and we won’t make the appropriate decisions to solve it. You can ask George Clooney, Brad Pitt or John Malkovich and their characters in “Burn after reading“, where a bad communication destroys all their lives dramatically.

The main barrier when facing a bad communication is that it joins so progressively that it is really difficult to realize. The first consequences will be disturbing but not catastrophic (be late to a meeting, a telephone argument, an order which is late…), but slowly it will escalate becoming more complicated and difficult to solve situations (a big argument with the boss while everybody sees, bad coordination within departments, or even a headshot… among others).

So if you don’t want that your organization, your employees or even you end up like Brad Pitt inside a wardrobe, make sure to have a proper communication with your environment, both internal and external.

I’m Winston Wolf. I solve problems.

If you have seen Pulp Fiction sure you remember Mr Wolf (Harvey Keitel) and his special way in solving problems. Nowadays we can find this character in different companies. It’s a rare one, but certainly valuable.

Mr Wolf is not known for his kindness, courtesy or teamwork. He is known for his effectiveness (understanding this as the fact of doing something with the less resources and time as possible). We usually appeal to Mr Wolf when everything we’ve tried before has failed, so when we have a problem. But what makes Mr Wolf so effective?

1. Good planning: Even before he knows what he is facing he knows how to organize all his resources so these can be at 100% of their capabilities. It’s as simple as to been aware of what you have are your disposal (in this case two assassins, a very angry host and a corpse inside a car).

2. Managing time: It’s thirty minutes away. I’ll be there in ten“. Anybody who wants to be considered a Mr Wolf must be able to manage his time properly when facing a problem. The excuse that there wasn’t enough time to solve it doesn’t work. The situation is what it is and have to know finding ways to solve it.

Mr Wolf. I solve problems.

Mr Wolf. I solve problems.

3. Stress tolerance: Usually in this kind of situations other members of the team can feel frustrated. That’s what happens to Vincent Vega (John Travolta). He can’t control his outbursts and even knowing that Mr Wolf is helping them, he’s unable to contain disrespecting him. Though, Mr Wolf knows how to face this issues downplaying them and focusing the team to aim the objective.

4. He knows well the problem: A must, the first he does is to give out the problem to all those involved to clarify any point as necessary. This may seem irrelevant, though is one of the most important actions, so very often the lack of communication is the worst of the barriers that one can find in any organization.

5. He doesn’t distract with irrelevant things: He knows exactly how to distinguish the important things from those which are not. “Now, when it comes to the upholstery…it don’t need to be spic-and-span. You don’t need to eat off it”. So as simple as to focus in the important things to solve the problem. He can’t afford to distract or be perfectionist, he must focus in the objective.

6. Don’t count your chickens: Well, let’s not start…“. Master sentence that Taratino gives us. How many times we thought it’s been all solved and then suddenly incidentals happen. We must avoid to rush and do check whatever is necessary to be sure the problem has been sorted out, if not we’ll find new issues in a short time.

At end, if you liked my point of view of Mr Wolf, no doubt to visit the page of Javier Megias where you will be able to find a very interesting post about the same character and his leadership skills.