“It’s funny,” Curtis observed, “sometimes, after hours, it is quiet and I ask myself, why am I here? I should be home with my family, but there is still so much to be done. And if I don’t take care of some loose ends, something critical will blow up tomorrow.”
“Do you think you are the only manager in the world that is thinking that thought?” I asked.
Curtis chuckled. “You know, you’re right. So, why does it happen?”
“You tell me,” I replied.
Curtis had to think. He had been so busy working, that he never thought about what he was doing and why he was doing it.
“I feel guilty,” he finally responded. “I am responsible. It’s up to me. I guess I bring it on myself.”
“And if something doesn’t change, about the way you manage this department, what will happen?”
“I am already seeing the chinks in my own armor. I feel tired every morning. I stopped working out because I don’t have time. I feel like I have a cold coming on. But the harder I work, the more things seem out of control.”
“Think about that,” I said. “The harder you work, the more things seem out of control.” -TF