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No Drama Obama

By Cheryl Scheir

Let me say this from the top: this is not a political post.

And unlike many people who say, “I don’t mean anything political by this,” then go on to say something very political, I promise: I am not about to say something political.

No Drama Obama is actually my professional motto. I landed on it early in my writing career, and it has served me well ever since. (Full disclosure: my personal life, while not quite in “Drama Mama” territory, has some room for improvement in the drama category. That, however, is a matter better discussed on some other blog!)

I use this little rhyme to remind myself of my brand: get the job done with no client-facing drama. That means that:

  • I always keep in mind toward the key factors in my business: time, content, internal workflow, and external expectations.

  • As much as it depends on me, I handle what I can handle without making it someone else’s problem.

  • On the other hand, I aim to be discerning enough to raise a flag when the scope of a problem is too big for me or outside of my purview.

  • Whenever I bring challenges to someone else’s attention, I always partner the challenge with a possible solution; this avoids any impression that I’m simply trying to wiggle out of what’s being asked of me.

  • If I need help—and I sometimes do, even with years of experience—I ask for it.

Whatever your line of work right now, take a moment to answer the questions below. Then consider how adopting a No Drama Obama attitude could make a difference for you.

  • What work challenges are you experiencing right now?

  • In what ways do others contribute to those challenges?

  • In what ways do you contribute to those challenges?

  • What aspect(s) of the situation are inside/outside of your control?

  • What solutions could you implement within the scope of your current responsibilities?

  • What opportunities do you have to suggest solutions outside that scope?

  • For any action you are considering, what risks are associated?

  • What, if anything, can you do to mitigate those risks?





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