If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of
your product then you’ve launched too late.
Reid Hoffman (co-founder LinkedIn)
It’s a fact that the most elite performers make more mistakes, not less. Because they take more action.
We’re discussing the imperatives of leadership in this series, and one thing that’s imperative is massive and immediate action. We’re certainly not talking imprudence, we’re talking avoiding paralysis of analysis.
Leaders make decisions with the information they have.
Often knowing that the information is incomplete.
But they also know that they don’t have time to wait and waste.
A recent article posted by Bloomberg stated that 70% of today’s CEO’s are “unfit to lead in the future.”
There were several factors bringing this conclusion to Bloomberg, as well as to venture capitalists. One that is glaringly obvious, and nearly ubiquitous across this 70%, was the “inability to make decisions quickly in a disruptive marketplace.”
Our greatest teacher is often our last “mistake.”
So then was it really a mistake?
Because leaders must decide and act, they often become good at prayer. Why? Because they know that they must make decisions with the information they have. They know the information is always limited; and so, they pray there’s a forgiving God.
A true leader can make a decision. Take action.
Totally mess it up. Analyze and adjust it; and act again.
Much faster than you can analyze to perfection and do nothing.
Perfection is the lowest standard on the planet.
Please read that again.
Because it’s not possible. You and I both know this as an undeniable truth.
There is no such thing as “perfection.” Only perfect imperfection; and that’s an ever-moving target.
Knowing this, leaders make decisions quickly with the information they have; and then they take absolute responsibility for the results created. Either good or not as good alike.
They make no excuses; and learning is their highest priority.
To learn you must experience; and to experience you must act.
To act you must decide.
The only way to truly learn is to experience.
To experience you must act; and to act you must decide.
The life of authentic leadership is a life of act, analyze, adjust and then act again.
The amateurish life is a life of analyze, adjust, analyze, adjust, analyze…
Leaders understand that this amateur strategy is a sure-fire path to obsolescence and regret. The greatest of all human pain is the pain of regret.
The greatest of all human pain is the pain of regret.
When we realize that our greatest teachers are most often our so-called “failures” and “mistakes” then we reframe and redefine them in our mind and move.
As authentic leaders we learn to “fail fast.”
If we most often “fail” our way to success,
then authentic leaders want to fail fast!
Different strategy for you?
It is for most.
But we live in a different world and it’s only speeding up.
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