Posted on February 1, 2019
I was going to leave this blog for a couple of weeks, but the poignancy is too obvious to delay the publication.
Recently, I have been mentoring some people who are coming close to crisis. As a community, we find it easier to keep quiet, let it fester and make sure none of our peers and colleagues even suspect a point of weakness.
While none of my “students” (for want of a better word) have got to that crisis point, they have a substantial number of aspects and issues that, for some, becomes overwhelming and leads to a perceived crisis.
Over the past two days, I have talked to people who are looking at a number of issues and over the course of a conversation, lasting perhaps half an hour, I have divided up the issues to sizeable and manageable chunks. While I do not have the expertise to be able to advise, guide and deliver solutions to the issues, I can share others’ experiences anonymously and help them see shared understanding. But, more importantly, rather than seeing the enormity of the collective issues, they come to understand that the issues are individual and individually solvable. Bite sized chunks that are manageable.
This is not a divine skill that I have. It is an ability that everyone has as an outsider to those issues to dissect and address – or as the old adage has it, “Divide and Conquer”.
“Divide and Conquer” is a strategy well known to the military but is often considered to be a subversive manoeuvre used in management or against a poorly organised enemy. When it comes to us, life does not necessarily give us issues and challenges in an ordered and discernible fashion. Equally, life does not give us more than we can handle; it is important to find strategies that enable us to do so.
Divide and Conquer – don’t be overwhelmed!