This posting is not a plug for the company that markets the device in the photo above. However, what is it about the “easy button” gimmick that has captured the imagination of tens of millions of people and has generated zillions of dollars for the office supply company?
What is ease and why do we want it? What makes having ease so difficult? Or, what makes having difficulty so easy? Is anything really that easy?
A common topic in coaching with my clients is ease—the need for more, the hope for more, the absence of it, the inconsistency of it. Everyone wants it! And the paradox is that to have ease requires effort, intention, choice. Having ease is much more difficult than hitting a button.
- Board members showing up at meetings on time and participating actively creates ease for the board. Conversations don’t have to be repeated, meetings can end on time, and productive work takes place.
- Naming the fear of doing a particular task opens the door for ease. “I don’t feel comfortable raising money” leads to skill building and training which leads to successful philanthropic asks. Being skillful and generating revenue creates ease.
- Utilizing resources as an organization creates ease. Often we possess a wealth of resources that will help us to meet our goals that go unutilized or underutilized. Accessing the resources we have available to us, and in some cases creating new resources, creates ease.
Right! Many will argue there is not much that is easy about showing up to meetings on time, participating actively, naming fears, learning new skills, identifying and accessing resources. Or is there? I wonder, what is the barrier to accountability? What is the barrier to engagement? What is the barrier to humility? What is the barrier to growth? What is the real barrier to ease for you?
Think about it… and then reach for your “easy button.”