Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Performance Matters - Idea #26

Here's a piece of sound advice that saves time, enhances performance, avoids confusion, and protects integrity... Communicate what you know when you know it.

Too often leaders communicate what they have been exploring, thinking about, talking about, or hoping for. Their communication leans toward what could be rather than what is. Essentially they "put the cart in front of the horse".

The result is that leaders trade supposition for reality. They find themselves explaining, defending, and defusing that which may never come to be. Employees and colleagues find themselves refocused away from matters that matter. The inevitable conclusion is rumor, gossip, and resistance or unreasonable expectations.

In doing so they send mixed signals, create confusion, waste valuable time, fan emotions, and erode their own credibility.

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. When matters are communicated before they have been decided upon leaders compromise themselves, the organization, and those who follow.

This advice becomes critical in times of change, transition, and restructuring when uncertainty, emotions, and insecurity runs high.


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performance Builders
Thursday, October 9, 2008

On Reflection

"Worry is a misuse of the imagination." - Dan Zadra

"Live out your imagination not your history." Anonymous

With the world's economy in dire straights and mainstreet feeling the pressure, I'm finding myself in many conversations with clients who are reassessing their business practices and strategies. They are realizing this is not a time for business as usual. It is time to take stock of where you are, where you are going, and how you will get there. It is a time when clear thinking, right strategy, informed decisions, and firm action count.

This is a time unlike any other in the past 80 years. It is a time not only of challenge and threat but also one of unprecedented opportunity. This is a time of opportunity that is unlikely to be repeated in your lifetime. It is a time when some Practices will move ahead and prosper while others will fall by the wayside.

What do you imagine your future to be? What steps are you taking today to place prosperity in your future?


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Performance Builders