A Little Trip Back Up The Wall

http://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/www.garycrow.net/audio/tff6.mp3Are you a never go back person or do you like to revisit places you’ve been before? Well, we’ve been here before but it’s a place worth another listen. Of course, if you don’t mind being driven up the wall, it’s ok to take a pass on this revisit.

The Frustration Factor: It’s Always About Me

http://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/www.garycrow.net/audio/ItsAlwaysAboutMe.mp3 Ray Vinham stands up to a light round of applause and delivers his campaign speech to the Westover Leadership Coalition. It is the evening he has waited for since the day he joined the civic group. From that first meeting, he had known that his being president was critical if the club were to […]

Come Play With Me?

http://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/www.garycrow.net/audio/ComePlayWithMe.mp3•           I am a perfectionist •           Either it is right or it is wrong •           Rules are rules These types of phrases frequently come up when you try to manage warriors. Interestingly, players who use this technique are likely to make their pronouncements when others are around and will overhear. When focusing their play on […]

Mainliners

http://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/www.garycrow.net/audio/tff8.mp3Have you ever been driven up the wall by a mainliner? “What’s a mainliner?” you ask. Read on. You likely are already familiar with the type and how they can cause havoc in your company.   Mainliners cannot be bothered with elementary groundwork.   These players will plunge into any project without so much as […]

Agitators

http://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/www.garycrow.net/audio/tff7.mp3During the fellowship hour after church, a few parishioners mingle but most take their usual places near their usual companions. A scattering of conversations can be overheard.   In a small group toward the back of the fellowship hall, things are getting a little emotional. A teacher has just said, “I think I’m going to […]

Committee Players

http://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/www.garycrow.net/audio/tff6.mp3The Frustration Factor Society International (FFSI) advances the art and science of driving people up the wall throughout the world. The committee on methods is meeting in Chicago a week late. They were to meet in San Francisco, but the location subcommittee neglected to reserve a hotel. Only a few of the sixty-three members are […]

Bummed-out

http://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/www.garycrow.net/audio/tff5.mp3Maryanne Mitchell is the office manager for the Koch, James and Hightower law firm. She is meeting with Martin Koch. It is not unusual for Martin to ask her to stop by, but still she gets up tight and nervous whenever he does.   “I am just a born pessimist,” she frets to herself, waiting […]

Warriors

http://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/www.garycrow.net/audio/tff3.mp3Brent Miller’s dog-and-pony show takes twelve minutes. When the lights are back up, Brent confidently asks if there are any questions.  This is his big mistake.   Ronda Simpson breaks the ice. “That was good, Brent. I at least understand your data better than I did in January.”   Brent smiles and says, “Given your […]

Faultfinders

http://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/www.garycrow.net/audio/tff2.mp3Henry Allen walks into the teachers’ lounge where Doris is saying, “It’s their fault down in that office. They always get things fouled up. We work our tails off and they can’t get anything right.”   Picking up on the assault, Greg says, “Do we ever get a thank you or how do you do? […]

By The Book

http://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/www.garycrow.net/audio/tff1.mp3Is there someone where you work who absolutely, totally, and unequivocally drives you up the wall? Do you sometimes feel like climbing the wall all by yourself as the quickest way to escape? If you are saying Yes! Yes! Yes! you have had first-hand experience with “The Frustration Factor,” up close and personal.   The […]