A Kimchi Problem | Career Angles

A Kimchi Problem | Career Angles

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

I have a lot of experience facilitating psychodrama.

I heard a short story someone told me and was taken back in time to when it was created and allowed to fester for years.

The idea is to take them back in time to that moment and create a new healing solution to replace the one that they had.

I’ve often described it as ripping a Band-Aid offer off of a wound that has a lot of puss, exposing it to the light of day, and allowing it to heal from the sunlight.

The process of creating kimchi isn’t much different than creating that festering wound.

Kimchi, like the wound, is permitted to ferment for long periods underground until it is eventually removed and consumed.

Leaders often create kimchi problems by not dealing with their business issues, allowing them to fester until they can’t be avoided anymore.

I worked with and for people who ran the business that way, avoiding problems until they have to deal with them.

The staff knew of their cowardice and was frustrated by it, but they continued to avoid “confrontation” that they feared would tear the staff apart.

Instead, avoiding the problem for the staff apart, and both sides lost respect for management.

Sticking one’s head in the ground like an ostrich and pretending nothing is wrong solves few problems.

Hoping that they resolve themselves without intervention only works on occasion.

The problem is still there most of the time.

Rarely does it resolve itself on its own.

Leaving it underground like kimchi fermenting rarely works.

What do you think you might do instead?

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2021



Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes. He also hosts Job Search TV on YouTube, Amazon and Roku, as well as on BingeNetworks.tv for Apple TV and 90+ smartsets.

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