No leader worth her salt likes it.
It renders one feeling frustrated, angry and completely stuck.
As in first gear. As in glued to the ground. As in no movement forward.
I'm talking about being "immobilized."
The problem is that it occurs with a great deal of regularity in all organizations, no matter how good the service, how creative the strategy, how powerful the team.
Funding declines. Employees leave. Negative PR spreads.
Whatever the case, feeling stuck and helpless is in my honest opinion the worst feeling of all. After all, I'm a doer not a dreamer.
And for me there is only one tried-and-true way to get out of that quicksand.
Sounds so simple doesn't it?
But it's anything but easy as Amazon attests to. Currently, you will find 2,313 books with "take action" in their title or sub-title. That is a lot of writing about moving past stuck-ness. A lot of advice about battling lack of movement.
I realize though that wasting time feeling that way does not do me or my work any good.
Even as that empty Word page and blinking cursor stare back at me.
Which brings me to some simple advice a kindred spirit offered some time ago:
"Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible
and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
- St. Francis of Assisi
So that's what I do.
In my own case, I force myself to write anything even if it stinks. I make the necessary phone call. I meet with the client as soon as possible.
As soon as I do it, I feel an immediate sense of relief, as I ask myself "why did I wait so long?"
I get a surge in confidence.
I become more of value to both my team and my clients.
And I continue to move in the direction every Conscientious Leader loves.
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