Do Something Redux

My father frequently told me to "Do something. I can fix wrong, I can't fix nothing." The irony is deciding WHAT to do.

Cutting Your Nose Off to Spite Your Face

John Kenneth Galbraith, the great Canadian-American Economist who passed away in 2006 at the age of 97, said the following:

"I am not quite sure what the advantage is in having a few more dollars to spend if the air is too dirty to breathe, the water too polluted to drink, the commuters are losing out in the struggle to get in and out of the city, the streets are filthy and the schools so bad the young perhaps wisely stay away,

Got Mission?

I make my living helping business leaders make better decisions. At least that's what my clients tell me is the primary benefit they receive from the relationship.

There are several tools available but one of the first I employ is the Mission Statement. Before you stop reading let me share my take on the idea of missions and mission statements.

I believe mission statements are useless if you don't have a mission. On the other hand if you are on a mission then a statement clearly articulating what you desire is very useful.

The operative point here is do you have a mission?

Why Do I?

I encourage people to lead. It's one of the things I do. I tell people all the time time that I believe they can initiate a change, they can sustain a way of doing things they feel is threatened and they can grow other leaders.

Recently, I've been wondering why I do this, for that matter why do any of us decide to do anything.

My sense is most often it's got to do with the consequences of doing or not doing. We weigh the upsides and the downsides and fall down on one side or the other and either do or don't do something.

"Do Something! I can fix wrong, I can't fix nothing."

When faced with similar situations where I have delegated responsibility and the person has chosen inaction for some reason, I find myself asking, "Was I not clear?" "Have I misjudged the person's ability?" "Is this an attitude issue?"

I worked with my Dad off and on for 18 years. During that time we both got better at communicating our wishes and asking questions to clarify our expectations of each other.