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I always used to think that the hook line in this song was “put your hands up” but in researching the lyrics for this post I realised that the last word was “on”.

Oh well, another teenage illusion destroyed!

But I’m not going to let that spoil the inspiration for this post.

I posted recently about taking ownership and I wanted to come back to that theme.

I’ve been involved in a couple of incidents lately where things were going wrong and all around me all I could see were people looking to blame each other. I found it bizarre to think that more effort was being put into avoiding the situation than actually fixing it.

A motto I’ve had for quite a while now when approaching any situation is, “what is the most helpful thing I can do here?” I find it really helps to reframe my thinking away from my own needs, on to the situation and the people most affected by it.

The next time you are in a sticky situation, think about my motto and put your hand up!