I saw this shrub in a parking lot median and had to snap and share this pic. As you can see, the tree has no leaves, is completely dormant - EXCEPT for one wonderful and lush bloom.
Made me think about a common question I have gotten over the years from managers - can I really have an impact in this dysfunctional organization!??!
The answer is always - maybe, it depends, yes if......
I admire people who bloom in spite of the dysfunction. They define great management, in fact. It is easy to thrive in a model organization that "gets it" on the most important ideas. It is much harder to make something happen when every fiber of the organization reacts to change like a transplanted organ sometimes rejects its new host.
Managers who bloom in spite of it all create teams who do the same. Yes, you really can make a difference when it seems so hard to do. It starts with seeing dysfunction as the reason you are needed, not as a barrier to doing your "real" job (whatever that means, cutting through the dysfunction is your real job, it is how you earn your salary, how you make a difference).
As we head into Thanksgiving week, I want to thank all of you out there who show us how this is done. You are amazing. Take a day off and then get right back in the game!