I thought I was doing pretty well. My energy was low and I didn’t feel well, but I functioned ok. I wasn’t ok.
It concerned my friends and family. My color was ashen, and I wasn’t tracking. One friend asked my wife, “is Robert ok?”
I was under the doctor’s supervision. They were monitoring my condition and saying I was sick, but I didn’t understand. They said I needed surgery.
Ernest Hemingway, when asked how he went bankrupt, said “two ways, gradually then suddenly”. That’s how I got sick.
September 4, 2018, I had a kidney transplant. I was lucky and blessed; I have a brother who volunteered to be a donor.
There are over 100,000 people waiting on the donor list and about 20,000 transplants a year. Most people wait 5-7 years for a match. I received an identical match in a year.
What I learned was that I didn’t know how sick I was. I degenerated in the most unnoticeable way. After the surgery I felt the difference. I had energy; it was amazing. I had a new life.
We often don’t know how sick we are: personally, professionally, or organizationally.
Someone described management as the organs of the company. To survive, the body needs organs to manage the needed functions. The brain is the central processing center; the heart keeps blood flowing, the liver and kidneys filter waste, and so on. This occurs without us even considering it. That is until something isn’t working. When one organ doesn’t work, it affects the whole body.
I have been in many situations where results are weak, and the company is sick. They usually try to fix it, or work around it, hoping it will get better. Most of the time, it doesn’t. To be healthy, sometimes management change is necessary.
Pat Riley won the NBA championship with both the LA Lakers and the Miami Heat. When asked what it took to be a great coach, “great players”. It’s the same thing in an organization.
For many reasons, many won’t do anything. “It’s risky,” or “it’s a bad time”. Both statements are true. Failure to act affects everyone and puts pressure on the rest of the “organs”.
Can you imagine feeling better? Do you need new life? You will never know how great it be unless you take an honest look at your current situation.