Healthy, vibrant systems expand. The best grow organically and increase in proportion to their ever expanding capacity. Challenge keeps them reaching beyond the comfort zone and into the far edges just this side of chaos. Systems headed toward extinction contract. The root reason you don’t see the Polynessian people today is because they failed to see the symptoms of slow death until it was too late to reverse the tide. This same root is the reason the fortune 1000 is on average less than 40 years old, a system called CompuServe is gone, and countless other companies have come and gone, never to be heard from again. All of ’em ignored the early warning signals and, like Titanic, slipped from sight suddenly even though their demise was anything but. I didn’t have a seat on the Titanic, but I was sitting near the top when both CompuServe and Worldcom disappeared. I saw a failure of nerve in our leaders and in myself. Not good.
So, friend, when you extrapolate this learning to you and your system, remember some history. Healthy, vibrant systems expand. And, when these healthy, vibrant systems experience a hiccup – no biggee. They learn and move on. Hiccups, however, don’t last for years. Healthy, vibrant systems calculate the trend before it’s too late to reverse. They get busy turning well before the iceberg is upon them. Leaders don’t experience a failure of nerve when facing facts. BTL Leaders call ’em out and ensure their systems course correct. Healthy systems never cut their way to greatness. Healthy, vibrant systems expand. This is your job, leader. You’ve got to read the tea leaves and anticipate the next move before the competition does. You’ve got to know when to comfort and when to push. Today, we tend to coddle a bit too much. Correction. We coddle way too much. Fact.
Your systems longevity depends on your ability to sound the alarm before an iceberg impact is imminent. Your problem, most likely, is you’re too worried about what others think and about being too extreme. You’re probably coddling instead of course correcting and times getting away from you and your team. I see this every week. Leaders make course corrections before the iceberg’s obvious. Leaders face their fears, feelings, and focus on facts. Leaders understand noise, distraction, and obstacles are just the gig. Leaders lead us through these times by making more decisions when it matters most. They understand the enemy is their feelings, instead of fearlessly facing facts. Leaders focus on facts. Leaders are decisive when it matters most. Are you?
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