Have you ever found yourself stuck?
The kind of stuck that has you frustrated?
We've all been there.
Life throws us a curveball.
We were hoping to make contact, but then we swing and miss.
And after we swing, we realize the pitch wasn't as good as we first thought.
How do we respond in those moments?
The ones where it feels like there is a stadium full of people watching us strike out.
It's been said we can't hit what we don't swing at.
But I think we are missing out on some equally solid perspective.
We can't hit what isn't in the strike zone either.
If the pitch is high and tight, low and away, up and in...making contact is doubtful. And if it's a wild pitch or a pitch-out? Well, you get the point. We aren't getting on base swinging at offerings like that.
We aren't going to make progress by swinging at bad pitches.
I think sometimes we place so much value in putting our head down and pushing forward, that we miss the point. There is a more effective way to move forward. It requires more patience (that's not always easy). It requires more persistence to "foul-off" a few pitches that we aren't sure if they are strikes or not, just to keep the at-bat alive. But in the end, there is a common goal we are trying to reach.
Getting on base.
Listen...if you are finding the pitches aren't there today...stop swinging.
Stand in. Don't leave the batter's box. You can't get on if you aren't in the game.
Be patient. With a watchful eye, value the swings you don't take as important too.
And at the end of it...when enough bad pitches come?
Enjoy the moment when you can...
In the next blog, we'll talk about what to do once you're on base.
That's just as important.
Sacrifice pride to a process, and you'll experience progress.
Every time your team takes the field, the boardroom, or the stage of whatever it is you do, ask yourself this question.
Are you rolling the dice on personal preference or a vision-driven process?
Leadership requires the willingness to take risks. The problem with that statement is that immediately we associate risk with craziness. We think that means doing something irresponsible.
The harsh reality for some is that what they are doing isn't working, and they keep doing it because they've convinced themselves it's the responsible thing to do.
I'd argue that for some teams...the risk they need to take requires a commitment to a structured process. If everything you've tried flying by the seat of your pants isn't working, there is a common denominator in all of your decisions.
Personal preference breeds predictable chaos.
No matter what kind of team you have...
_____________. (fill in the blank with any team of people)
The risk you may need to take is trusting a process. Trusting a vision. Trusting that the person on either side of you will do the same. Because trusting in preference has gotten you nowhere.
And any team that turns a corner is always led there by someone who was willing to go first. Not because they had a guarantee of success, but because they had the guts to stand up and admit what currently is, stands in the way of what should be.
Teams full of them finish first.
Roll the dice.
Take the risk.
On a process, not preference.
If you are trying to move the needle of change in your organization,
it's very likely someone else is trying with everything they have not to.
It's human nature for some to fear change.
It's also human nature for others to embrace it.
So how do we bridge the gap?
Realize that for many, the word change is the same as the word risk.
Read these two thoughts...
The reason change doesn't look attractive,
is because the status quo is so addictive.
The reason risk doesn't look attractive,
is because the status quo is so addictive.
To the person who doesn't want change,
those two sentences mean the exact same thing.
4 things you can do today, to open the conversation for change.
Implement the acronym, and you'll see the needle move.
Continue to insist your way is better, and everything just needs to "get on board", and you'll find yourself frustrated and exhausted.
Moving the needle is about building relational equity.
One last thought...
Did you notice the brake light is on in this picture?
Maybe the first step for you isn't stepping on the gas. (faster change)
Maybe you need to get your brakes looked at first. (hit pause)
Maybe you need to value slowing down & take care of a more pressing issue.
Maybe your braking system isn't healthy. (your culture)
Maybe if you get your way and you get to 60 MPH too quickly, you won't be able to safely slow down, and that will cost you far more than your opinion. (your team)
Maybe your team's safety is where you need to start. (again...your culture)
Create a safe environment where people are heard, valued, and cared for.
You'll be amazed how fun the ride towards change can be,
when you offer a safe and healthy way to get there...together.
Fix the brakes, and then hit the road.
Once you do...
Enjoy the journey!
From the desk of our founder, Brett W. Gould.