Two weeks ago I managed to seriously fracture my humerus bone. I had to have surgery to put a titanium plate with 8 screws into my arm so that the bone could heal properly over the course of the next 6 months. While the benefit of having surgery after a fracture is not having to wear a cast, the discomfort and limited mobility is quite similar. After 4 days at the hospital I thought I was ready to go back to my regular routine (those that know me also know that inactivity is not exactly my friend).
Very quickly upon coming home I realized that my ability to do things in the same manner I did them before was not possible. This was an external factor (the fracture of my bone) that I had no control over. What I did have control over was and still is to figure out new ways of doing things to achieve the same outcome, or an even better one than before.
A few simple examples of things I have learned to do differently over the last 2 weeks:
- floss with one hand
- open med containers with my feet
- put on a shirt with one hand
- type even faster on my smartphone due to necessity
- finally get around to using voice recognition on my smartphone (via the Dragon Dictation app)
- create a dedicated ab-only workout routine as a workaround to the fact that I’m not allowed to strain any major limb muscle groups
- really focus on breathing, relaxation and sleep as my health regiment since they usually tend to take a backseat when I’m busy with life
- appreciate my wife at a whole new level as she took on the role of full time nurse in addition to her full time job
- Empowerment: The amount of pure “command and control” operations I have seen as a consultant for government in this town (Ottawa) is quite unfortunate. “The times they are a changing folks”. Empower your staff and you’ll be surprised at the results.
- Untethered offices: If employees were trusted to work from home during morning rush hour alone, that would potentially save millions. Better yet, if employees were allowed to work from wherever they feel they could get the job done in the most efficient and effective manner, that would likely reduce the horrendous job dissatisfaction rate and above average sick-leave.
- Open-data: Government needs to learn that in certain cases it’s better off acting as a platform and source of valuable info for other organizations instaed of trying to do everything on their own. See my blog post on “How using a marketing approach could help Open Data“