“How did that cow get there?”
“Why wasn’t the mud bog fenced off?”
“Who was supposed to turn off the sprinklers before this place got all muddy?”
“Why do we have cows in this area anyway?”
“Can you believe that this cow just walked right into that mud and got herself stuck?”
“What was that cow thinking?”
“I told you this could happen, and now it has!”
“There’s no way you’re gonna pin this on me. I never told that cow to go there.”
“We’ll need some pretty heavy equipment to get this cow out, and that’s going to be expensive.”
I’ve never seen a real cow stuck in real mud.
But, I’ve seen lots of metaphorical cows stuck in deep metaphorical mud.
The dialogue about the cow usually revolves around how the cow got there, who should have prevented it, who’s to blame, and the costs.
The one thing that’s usually missing from the conversation is how we’re going to get that cow out of the mud, clean her up, and send her on her way.
All the talking in the world isn’t going to get that cow out of the mud. In fact, the longer the cow is stuck, the more risk there is that the cow will get seriously hurt.
That cow will remain there until you take action. Enlist the help of others. Then, work creatively and diligently to get that cow out of the mud.
There’s plenty of time to discuss all the why’s, how’s, and whose at fault…after you save the cow.
Stop talking, stop pointing blame, stop finding excuses.
Get to work and rescue that cow!
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