LEADER’S FIELD GUIDE
By Jacquie Fedo: There are two days you cannot impact: Yesterday and Tomorrow. We truly exist only in this moment and on this day. Unique to our species, we have the capacity to reflect upon yesterday and to imagine tomorrow. And of course, the choices we make today can and do influence tomorrow. However, we can’t actually control what will or may happen tomorrow. Many of us spend valuable time thinking about, preparing for, or just plain worrying about yesterday and tomorrow.
I was asked to speak to a group of 35 ladies at a Women’s Retreat, something I had never done before or even attended as a participant. I did lots of planning. I prepared material and a tight agenda in order to meet the key objectives of the leaders. I launched the event with a “quick” intro by each participant so that everyone would know who was in the room. An hour and forty-five minutes later we concluded the introductions and were ready for our first break!
Ultimately, the women getting to know each other in a personal and real way was the most valuable outcome of the entire program. If I had been worried about all of the material I prepared in the days prior or how the delayed start would impact our two-day agenda, we would have missed a crucial step and opportunity to build trust and relationships.
- Balance Intention with Surrender: Knowing the objectives and preparing with intention is critical to generating good outcomes. This preparation, coupled with a willingness to let go of your own process, may be necessary to create to best outcome.
- Trust You Are Equipped: In the moment, when you can let go of worry and replace it with trust, you create the space for peace, creativity and joy (for you, your team and your organization).
- Honor the Highest Possible Outcome: There may be an outcome that is even greater than what was initially expected. Be open to creating that possibility for yourself and others.
Getting stuck in Yesterday or skipping ahead to Tomorrow prevents us from being completely present. Worrying about a prepared agenda can circumvent powerful experiences not anticipated. Balancing intention with surrender, trusting you are equipped, and honoring the highest possible outcome replaces worry with genuine opportunities to build trust and relationships.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jacquie Fedo, PCC is a Leadership Development Coach. She helps leaders in large organizations keep their seat at the table, expand their impact and influence by creating results through others, and live and lead in alignment with their values. Jacquie has over 20 years of business and leadership experience and is drawn to mission-driven leaders and organizations. She is the author of “You. On Purpose.” She currently serves as the President of International Coach Federation (ICF) and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). In 2012, she founded Coaching410 based on 1 Peter 4:10. Jacquie loves playing in the great outdoors of Colorado with her family.