How fevered and furrowed our minds become when we’re swept away by love! Our beloved’s fleeting glances seem to last forever, while the shortest silences appear to be cruel slights. Everything looks so right, always on the verge of going so wrong.
The delusions of romantic love can grip us in the business world as well. I’m now recovering from such fantasies and fables myself. I’ve had to take a step back from an initiative where I drove the approach, the design, and the initial implementation because my love for it has become a barrier to its acceptance and success.
I’m so passionate about the initiative that I’ve lost more than a little perspective — I came to believe that I was the only one who understood it. When objections were raised, I veered from sulking quietly to excitedly defending and justifying all that was done before. Every time I spoke I was losing my audience and betraying my “love”.
Luckily, I was self-aware enough to step back and let go before I damaged my pride and joy irreparably… or before my colleagues slapped a restraining order on me!
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