Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Taking your time.

A leader I greatly respect recently reminded me of the reality that, when it comes to people, slow is fast.  You've probably heard that before, but it sure is easy to forget.  I'm an activator.  My number one Strengths Finder result was Achiever.  I'm always ready to get it done and get it done now.  But that attitude can actually make it harder to get things done, especially when other people are involved.  All of the expertise and energy in the world can't compare to the power of relationship.  And relationships take time to develop.

So maybe the best way to move your next big idea forward is to put it on hold for a while.  Go help someone else with their big idea.  Start by serving where you're at before trying to lead people to some where new. It will give you some new perspective and it will definitely develop a relationship.  Take your time rolling out your plan.  Get input from those it will impact.  It never hurts to get buy-in from people up front.  It may take more time but it makes for better plans.  Going slow in the beginning and arriving at your destination is way faster then going fast in the beginning and not getting there at all.  So take your time.

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