Oh once I dwelt in my comfort zone
I didn’t think outside the square.
I pushed not at the envelope
I wasn’t getting anywhere.
The goal-posts had moved, I’d lost the plot
The playing-field wasn’t level.
I read not from the same songsheet
It was the very devil.
I put nothing into the pipeline
I was prone to siloed thinking
Holistic synergies eluded me
My focus it was blinking.
My commitment was less than 100 per cent
I stared at the glass ceiling
Oh who but a human resources consultant
Could know what I was feeling?
I had not enough bandwidth the challenge to meet
I was not incentivised
My passion for the product
Had vanished before my eyes.
So the team leader gave me a heads-up
(First offering a box of tissues)
‘Weep not, we’ll address your performance shortfall
Across a broad range of issues.
‘We’ll conference, we’ll mentor, we’ll feedback as well
We’ll have a look under the bonnet
We’ll workshop, develop an overview –
Your case, you see, I am on it.
‘You must drill down, loop back, touch base and engage
With relevant key stakeholders
And if you need any more of these handy buzzwords,
You’ll find plenty right here in these folders!’
I left that heads-up with a gladdened heart
For management it had spoken
And uttered those words I had so longed to hear:
‘My door, it is always open.’
So I picked myself up and ran the hard yards
And did some quite heavy lifting
I utilised innovative granular modules –
The paradigm, it was shifting.
Before long I had leveraged a core upgrade
In my skills both off and online
And soon I achieve the desired outcomes
And reverse engineered my decline.
I bathed in cascades of thought showers by day
Brainstorming replaced heavy drinking
I adopted a cradle-to-grave approach
And 360 degree thinking.
I’m on the same page now, my life is enhanced
Broadly speaking, I wear a nice suit
And down the track at the end of the day
I grabbed that low-hanging fruit.