Theodore Roosevelt once said:
“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
Welcome to the new world of leadership, post-COVID!
Above all else as a leader, you must be positive, confident, and decisive. It’s time to show that you are in command. This is NOT done by running into the engine room of your ship and tinkering with the controls, obsessing over the number of degrees to turn left or right by month’s end.
Set the Ideal Destination and Course
Rather, you need to be inventive and innovative with your direction setting. Pretend that you are mapping a course that will bring you to your most desired destination. You get to define what that destination is and the best route for getting there.
There is nothing more transformational and self-actualizing than this.
What I’m recommending is that you commercially and responsibly create your dream organization. (Hint: you were put in this position to do this).
The next step in this process is to ask yourself:
- What are the headwinds relative to the transformation I want?
- Is my organization capable of neutralizing these headwinds?
- Is what I’m inventing correct?
- Can I defend it and sell it to my leadership team?
- Are my initiatives accretive enough?
- Will they get me to the place I want?
- Do I have the right team in place?
- Will my leadership team jump into the engagement of these initiatives as I have?
When you get the answers to these questions, you are ready to impart your plan to your team. Now is the time to get them “rowing in the same direction.” You’ll experience some diversions along the way but my wish is that you NEVER give up the initiatives that excite you and lead to your destination.
So…if you find yourself dawdling in the engine room, call me. I will get you out of it and back to the Captain’s bridge!