O is for… Ostrich

You know the type, you probably have some of them in your organisation; when there’s a problem, they bury their head in the sand, usually because it is beyond their capabilities to do anything else.

They will ignore the inevitability of the situation, hoping upon hope that it will go away. Usually until the very last minute, when they will endeavour to get rid of the problem or otherwise attempt to make someone else responsible for their own failure to deliver. This is often too late to do anything effective and even the best endeavour to help out will result in association with the problem.

Best to avoid these people, and if it’s impossible to avoid them, or you have a sneaking feeling that the hospital pass will be coming your way at the end of it all, practice a little coaching on them as an exercise in splash damage limitation.

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