Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Oh, so true. I see too many “busy, busy” leaders reacting and fire-fighting but giving little thought to preparing for the future (with the exception of my coaching clients).
With this “busy, busy” approach, it’s highly probable one of the most neglected leadership attributes is preparedness. Yet as the leader of your business or your family, at some time you’ll be looked upon to solve an unexpected and unwanted problem. It could be:
An accident or a flat tire (yours or someone else’s) on the way to the office.
A short-term financial challenge you or someone else incurs.
A key employee who quits unexpectedly or has a serious illness.
Regardless of what chaos the world delivers, an exceptional leader demonstrates leadership by taking action quickly. Having a solution ready for every situation builds the needed confidence and credibility.
Prepare for the unexpected by allowing yourself a minimum of 20 minutes a day in solitude to slow down and think-without distractions.
In your 20 minutes of quiet time, consider various scenarios you could be faced with and mentally prepare what you would do if they materialized. Then reflect on what you would do if your plans don’t turn out as expected. Yes, even think about the unthinkable.
By preparing not to fail, you won’t ever put yourself in the position of saying, “I never saw that coming.”