Ambidexterity

I woke up this morning with a frozen shoulder, frozen wrist and stiff thigh (all on the right side of my body). Immediately, I knew how this calamity came upon me…I slept on the right side of my body continually for 7 hours!

I am not even 30 yet and I am very active so I am sure that it is not as a result of any age related bone issues. I decided to conduct in-depth research (a.k.a Google) and realised it is a relatively common issue with people who sleep on a side of their body like I do.

As I was in so much pain I wondered how I was going to get any work done; and no, I was not calling in sick thank you very much, kind regards.

I managed to get dressed but could not wear my coat and had to get a total stranger at the bus station to put my coat on (I am not a weirdo, it’s just that my flatmate was not home and the coat was too heavy for me to put on by myself).

No, the aim of today’s post is not to bore you with my frozen right body issues but to draw a similitude to how dependent I am on doing things with my right hand without developing the use of my left hand to carry out important activities.

In the same way, at the workplace we tend to set ourselves up for temporary paralysis when we focus on doing certain things in set ways without plotting out strategies to accomplish tasks effectively in alternative and flexible ways.

We do not need to face trade off situations where we are forced to do either one thing or the other. We can train our teams to develop useful processes which emphasise strategic options to choose one, both or many things at the same time to maximise productivity and sustain stability.

To read more about ambidexterity and how to pick the right approach, this article by the Boston Consulting provides good insight.

In other news, I am now going to practise writing and eating with my left hand and would let you know how it goes. My aim is to eat efficiently with my left hand by April and write legibly by the end of the year. I hope it all goes well.

Have a fab day people!

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