LEADER’S FIELD GUIDE
Traffic is dreaded by almost everyone! I say almost, because on two conditions, I actually appreciate traffic. First, when I am running three minutes early and a bit of a slowdown will cause me to be on time. Second, when I am listening to a good podcast and the traffic delay allows me to hear the end.
When I am working, however, I rarely say, “Wow, I could go for a good detour or delay right now!” Like on the road, things get in the way when we are trying to make rapid progress in our organization:
- Rush Hour: When you look around and see many others in the same industry or on the same team, don’t be discouraged. You are unique and you get to bring something very special to your work! Consider the congestion an assurance. You are heading in a popular direction and need to differentiate your business from the others. What does your rush hour look like?
- Construction: We know needed improvements take time and money. If something warrants an investment in your business, then go for it! Get it done, scheduled, funded, or ___. You might even consider working with an executive coach to untangle the planning and management efforts! What bumps in the road are you experiencing?
- Flashing Lights: In every organization, we expect surprises. Surprises are caused by mistakes or even opportunities to serve the client better. On the road, we see flashing lights indicating a cause for celebration (wedding motorcade) or a cause for addressing behavior (speed trap). One thing is certain, they almost always cause slowdowns. What lights are flashing in your business right now?
Rush hour means you are on the right track and you must leverage your specialties, construction suggests needed improvements are underway, and flashing lights call your attention to something important. Don’t get stuck in traffic, use the slow down to consider any required course corrections. You are in the driver’s seat and it is your responsibility! (Or, you can just listen to podcasts and show up on time.)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Sugerman (PMP, PCC) is a speaker, author, and leadership coach with Leading Synergies. She hosts global masterminds, called Synergy Groups, for REALLY BUSY Christians leading with powerful confidence and humble hearts. She works with high-performing leaders focused on organizational effectiveness by refining strategy, inspiring teams, and delighting clients. Michelle specializes in the areas of information technology, project management, franchise management, and business as mission. Michelle lives in Colorado where she hikes fourteeners and enjoys gourmet meals with her loving husband of 22 years.