In Sickness & In Health

by on Feb 7, 2020 8:54 AM

does your business function in your absence?

How does your business function in your absence?

In March 2019, I came down with a debilitating health issue. Due to the severity of the illness, I was not able to work full time and missed many days with doctors’ appointments. Even when I was physically able to make it into the office, I did not have the stamina nor energy to put in a full day’s work. I know that my productivity and effectiveness were compromised as a result.

As the Integrator at Trilogy Partners, by definition my role is to be the glue that holds people, processes, systems, priorities and the strategy of the company together. You can imagine how terrible I felt knowing that I couldn’t perform to my standard; I felt like I was letting my team down.

Luckily, I am fortunate enough to work for a company that cares about its employees. My boss and teammates all stepped up to the plate and filled in for me without question. And you know what happened? They did an excellent job. The company didn’t fall apart; the glue did not come undone.

As I started to recover, I reflected on this experience and it forced me to change my initial perspective. Instead of guilt, I felt great humility and gratitude toward my team who supported me and never wavered. I also realized that the cross-training, SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) and systems I helped develop enabled my team and company to function without me for a period of time. In essence, we all succeeded.

So, I pose this serious question not only to my fellow Integrators, but to everyone who plays a role in business –

How does your business function in your absence? What would happen to your company, department or team without you?

If you’re not sure of the answer, contact me at Trilogy can assess your infrastructure and give you honest feedback.

About Andrea Grubb

Andrea Grubb is the Chief Integrator Officer at Trilogy Partners. Trilogy Partners is an advisory & implementation firm whose mission is to help companies grow and transform.  We accomplish this by focusing on 3 critical business areas: Financial, Strategy & People