This week’s leadership tip reinforces last week’s tip on change.
Think about this John Fitzgerald Kennedy quote and ask what it might mean in your world:
“There are costs and risks to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”
- You’re holding off hiring or purchasing additional resources because you’re waiting for your business to get better.
- You’re delaying your own or your team’s training because you believe there’s a better time to do it.
- You’re delaying the change of (blank) to (blank) until (excuse). You fill in the blanks.
Think about any “comfortable inactions” in your world that hold you back, then select one and commit to a program of action.
When you execute that action properly, you generate enthusiasm throughout your organization. Morale will increase, turnover will be reduced, and productivity will improve.
By initiating this action, you demonstrate leadership. Great things happen when courageous leaders take action.
Still, be mindful of the costs and risks of your action while comparing them with the costs and risks of inaction. And never let your decisions of “comfortable inaction” be fueled by a myriad of excuses.
How can you guard against this? Keep this Robert F. Kennedy quote nearby to remind you:
“Just because we cannot see clearly the end of the road, that is no reason for not setting out on the essential journey.”