- Coaching & Consulting
By Doug Van Dyke, Leadership Simplified, www.leadershipsimplified.com
Recently I had a client engage my services to facilitate a strategic planning session for their leadership team. They forwarded a list of their most pressing issues. Also, they voiced their concerns about changes going on in their industry. Their list of issues contained eight nicely arranged items, each followed by a brief supporting comment. As I scanned the list I read six items that my client had no control over. Items such as, the state of the economy and high fuel prices peppered their list. Contrarily, the list contained only two “real” items – things they could control. In addition, what surfaced during the planning session were a host of opportunities that were being overlooked because their team members were so stressed-out about a bunch of things they could not control.
Perhaps we could all use a little review of five items that I believe are particularly important these days. If this gets a little preachy, I apologize unreservedly. Indulge me, please.
So what happened to the leadership team that engaged in the strategic planning session referenced in the beginning of this narrative? Well, after a little soul-searching, they jettisoned their head trash surrounding events and situations which they could not control. In addition, they created an action plan – a segment of which is shown below:
In closing, I quote Henry Ford, who many years ago said: “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his greatest surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't.”
Be well, and think positively!
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