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An Important Letter to Leaders

by Kevin D. Crone

August 2, 2016

If you lead, you probably have a picture of the future you want and how to get there.  It’s usually what’s in our head and our heart, and shows up in continual conversations with our team.  Planning is the key. While necessary, budgeting is the least important in building the future.  Those who don’t have belief or are not excited about the future, usually depend too much on budgets. This explains why these people always need everything proven before they act. They have concluded that they can’t have what they want, and have a logical story to back up their opinion.

In our world, there’s evidence that can convince us to follow a lackadaisical approach and require proof before we act.  You create future business and your team’s success by getting your team to do things that seem impossible, only because they haven’t yet been done. How do you do that?  It’s easy.

When it occurs to you, “we should do that”… get into action immediately.  One action will lead to the next, and before you know it, you’ll be telling everyone involved of your successes. Before too long your belief and expectations of what is possible changes and leads to more actions and bigger results that people didn’t believe could ever happen!

You’ll find that what seemed impossible, is now normal and your team searches for “what else could we do”?  The keys are the action and celebrating all minor victories. This doesn’t sound like monotonous work, does it?

When we began our business, our new team used to get together on Fridays in a Burlington restaurant for a beer and a special meal the owner made for us each week. We would laugh about all the things we tried and I remember constantly hearing, “that’s another thing we did that we couldn’t do…. But we did it.”  It was fun!

Too often we think we’re lacking in skill or knowledge, when in reality nothing is missing. Just depend on your common sense intuition and get started . There’s nothing stopping you or your team from creating the world you envision. Start the conversation with them about the future.  Involve them in planning and tell them you want everyone to lead the action. Most people have never experienced that.

Have a great week!

Kevin D. Crone
Chairman, Dale Carnegie Business Group
kdcrone@dalecarnegie.ca or 905-826-7300 / 1-800-361-2032

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