I’d lay money that roughly twenty percent of marriages happened because one person in the couple avoided the break-up conversation and got married instead.
The very best of the best Power Players break their classic avoider habit early.
In fact, the absolute best ones put all the crappy problems they have to do at the top of their to-do list.
Power Players know that if they avoid the toughest stuff, it still sits squarely in the mind, sucking up precious mental real estate.
This is a Power Player exercise worth adopting: every day put the toughest job at the very top of your to-do list. If you can take away the (oftentimes) imagined fear, loathing and pain of a gig you think is hard, it becomes much easier to do.
My favourite story on this Power Play: A CEO I know who asks his top people (first thing Monday morning) to tell him the nightmare problems the business is facing. He picks the worst and tackles it first thing Monday morning.
Brave? Crazy? Suicidal? All of the above. But mostly THE ultimate Power Player move.