Causes and consequences analysis

Unpleasant retrospective


Let’s imagine: you came to your car in the morning and couldn’t start it to go to work. It’s a technical problem, but you don’t know what exactly has happened. You called a taxi or used the subway and got to work.
The next morning you came to your car again, tried to start, got the same result, cussed uncleared roads, and again drove to work in an alternative way.
For the third morning in a row, your car does not start, but now you have a new explanation – your employer chose an office too far from your home.

And if you are more persistent than reasonable, then you will have to come up with a number of external reasons on the fourth and fifth days. After this, there will be a saving weekend and there will be no need to go anywhere. For some reason, it seems like you’re not doing something of this kind.

If something does not work, you either conduct troubleshooting yourself (due to frosts and long holidays, the battery has been discharged, for example). Another option is to invest some time and money in servicing/repairing the car. And if you do not like to look for a way to get to work in the frosty morning, you will schedule regular service of the car and make yourself a reminder for next season. It’s logical, isn’t it? Let me change the example a little bit now. If it turns out to be a successful replacement, you’ll be a little sad.

You were not promoted this year, just like a year ago. The tasks remained the same, the work pleases a little less or does not please at all. You explained this to yourself by the personnel policy of your company and decided to wait one more year.
You are not promoted the following year as well, and you explain this to yourself by an economic recession, quarantine, economic fluctuations.

Your professional career continues to “dust in the parking lot,” because instead of servicing you are looking for explanations. And if in the case of a car that you decided not to serve, you will not be able to sell it so easily as to change, then in the case of a career you can change the company and for some time remain in the chosen model of explanations why nothing changes.

When something is wrong with your car, you fix it or regularly service it. When something is wrong with the career, people rarely choose to serve it. More often, we expect that interesting tasks with the help of which it will be possible to grow and develop professionally will come by themselves. We are waiting for the interesting tasks to arise in the project themselves. We are waiting for the time they will be entrusted to us in some way. Even if this happens, most often, these will be tasks that are either completely similar in complexity to those that you already do or new and not very complex. Because for new tasks that you have not yet completed, you do not yet have the necessary knowledge/modules/protocols installed.

If you want your car to not cause you trouble next winter, then serve it in the fall. If you want something to change in your career in the fall, start doing something now – in winter.

By the way, if now you are criticizing the car option (there is car sharing, there is a taxi, there are electric scooters, there is an option to change a car once every 3-5 years and drive an almost new vehicle without these problems), most likely, this means that you did not like the example with a career so much that you rolled back a step and is now trying to destroy the original logic instead of seeing in the example just a logical lead to a transition to something more important.

We are very funny creatures. We really don’t like someone telling us what we already know. If you are a team leader, department manager or project manager and want things to change this year, this year needs to be spent working on what you know, and what you know how to do.

— The beginning of the next large program of the Tetics school of managers is scheduled for February 5, 2021

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We do not know what exactly “ended” in your career: “a spark is lost,” and the work no longer pleases, or you lack power, some knowledge to go faster. We know that this is solved through training.

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