Don't procrastinate...


I once worked with a guy who was much better at making speeches than decisions.  Professionals, however, are called on to do both, and one without the other isn’t good enough. Whether you’re a manager, or just work for one, you know how many things need to get done each day – the most difficult part is making the decision to act; the rest is all about judgment and tenacity. Judgment comes from knowledge, common sense, preparation and practice; tenacity comes from within and is the desire to see things through until they’re done. When employees have questions – leaders have to answer them truthfully and in a timely manner.  When employees need direction – leaders have to step in and explain the roadmap about where they should go and how to be aligned with others. When employees have questions or are confused – leaders need to coach them to discover the answers they seek. When a difficult conversation needs to be had – leaders need to be tactful, respectful and firm. And when employees do things right – leaders need to lead the celebration right then and there. None of these things can wait: if you hesitate, they stack up and that just makes deciding to act, and acting, that much harder. Don’t delay and don’t make others wait; decide what needs to be acted upon today.

 

Amelia Earhart (1897 – 1939): American aviation pioneer, author, and the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean