As the economy regains traction, your organization may be forced to go through organizational management and strategy changes. These changes can be a challenge, but remember that tough times do not last and economies do recovery. When things begin to normalize, you will once again enjoy having just one boss for a whole year. You will also feel the ease of working from your plate as you relinquish the duties of doing the work of two people.
This time in our history is here just for a moment. It's tough when you go through it, but in perspective, it's just another part of your professional journey. Consider your own life history. As you have progressed, was it always easy along the way? We had to work hard for our success. Many of our families have had to sacrifice for us to be where we are as well.
This above point really hit home for me following one of my speeches. A while ago, during a program an elder from the audience shook my hand and told me stories about my family that went back to the 1800's. Her name was Gertha.
On her mother's side of the family (Franklin), she originated from Washington County Texas. The Franklins were slaves to the “Franklin family”. My family, Felder, originated from a plantation across the road from the Franklins.
She told me a story about one of my ancient men that was a slave that taught other slaves about God and the bible. He did this by going to each plantation to preach to the other slaves.
Wow, think about hearing a story about a legend to someone else's family that you or your family had never heard of. He was known to the slaves in the community as “Rev Felder”. Interesting history, as my father Robert Felder, my Uncle Luther Felder, Grandfather Luther Benjamin Felder, and Great Grandfather Gabriel Felder are all known as Rev Felder. I wonder how great grand dad, got his name “Gabriel”, hmmm.
After my visit with Gertha, I finally had a chance to go and visit Washington County, “The birth place of Texas”! In my search for family history I discovered the area of Texas my family came from. My family was named after the owner of the slaves, Felder.
The slave owners name was Judge Gabriel Felder of Orangeburg, South Carolina. He came to Washington County between 1852 and 1856. I visited part of the area where the plantation was.
Can you imagine going back into your history 150 years taking in the history of your ancestors? Humbly, driving into the area on Felder Rd standing in the mid of vast lands that your ancestry once owned and being inspired by an old church on the property that one of your ancestors may have started.
As you look at the economic situation of today and back into your history, you will realize that there were challenges that we have had to end for you to be where you are today.
For me, going to Washington County was a pivotal moment in not just my history, but American history. These times were challenging for my ancestors, however it was the foundation for a prosperous future for my family.
Consider how much we take for granted when we look at our current challenges. Complaining is not who you are. You are made of much more. Think back to your ancestors' challenges and what they endured for you to have a little discomfort at a job.
As you go through organizational management and strategy challenges, continue to work through the tough times. I believe my ancestors looked to the future with hope. As I departed that day and reflected on my experience, I could not help but think my ancestors arrived to Washington County in bondage, and their hope allowed me to leave the plantation that day in a luxury Lincoln.