I’m not exactly the biggest fan of Henry Ford — he had some unsavory sides and associations (here and here) — but this quote is spot on. I remembered it as I was writing my comments on yesterday’s quote from Colette (here).
When I am obsessed with control, I often consciously or unconsciously sabotage myself and others. This happens when my desire to ensure the dominance of my role becomes more important than my desire to ensure the quality of the results.
If I’m not getting my way, I must carefully check my motives when challenging decisions or directions. To do so, I ask myself these simple, but not easy, questions:
- Am I acting in such a way that will benefit my project or team, or am I simply trying to assert control?
- Am I sabotaging work by being more concerned about confiming my belief that “we cannot do a thing”?