And they lived happily ever after. What a comforting way to end a story. In the romance of fairy tales, things are resolved once and for all. The challenge is met, the yearning fulfilled, the scary thing defeated. Tuck the covers under the smiling chin, kiss the unfurrowed brow and turn out the lights. Now, re-enter the adult world.

Fairy tales probably help kids deal with fears of the unknown, but they don’t prepare us well to take command of reality. A character in a new play, Trudy Blue, comments on how the fairy tales of childhood set us up for disappointment in relationships. Her suggestion is that “they lived happily ever after” should be read: “Some days were better than others and, for the most part, they could stand it.”

In business, as in romance, there is the desire for stability and serenity. What keeps us from going crazy is that, usually, not everything goes out of control at the same time. Some aspects of our enterprise remain balanced (if precariously) and serene (maybe only silently screaming for attention) at least long enough to let us deal with a vital strategy or fix an emergent problem. With the growing success and complexity of an organization, more things can go wrong and demand the attention and the creative energy of managers. The practice of management can be frustrating and disappointing if we expect any of our solutions to be “for ever after.”

Not only can good solutions become ineffective with the passage of time, but still-useful solutions can become perceived as bad, and resisted by people who are supposed to carry them out.

A home improvement just as kitchen remodel project is a successful, great way to improve cost of home moreover upgrade place that you, your family use and see every day.

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