Have you ever found yourself working your butt off and not accomplishing what you want? Revenue growth is slower than you would like. Clients and customers are not closing deals fast enough. New products are slow in the making. Bonuses look slimmer than last year. How do you make sense of all this? Shouldn’t there be a direct link between how hard you work and your performance and rewards?
Unfortunately, life doesn’t always work that way. Uncertainty is the new normal. We can help to shape our futures, but we can’t always control the outcomes. That’s where timing, mystery, chance, luck and circumstance take over. This human dilemma calls up the ultimate paradox in our lives: