Effective business leaders have a different attitude when it comes to fixing a leadership challenge. They do not retreat with the desire for the “grabbing for the quick and easy fix.”
The quick and easy fix tasks are usually more easily solved and they contribute very little to growth and innovation, to the future of the SMB. These tasks give a false sense of accomplishment, a sense of improved self-worth much like looking into a cracked and foggy mirror.
Now the truly difficult tasks are avoided because of fears from cost to time to personal accountability. Facing those difficult tasks reflect the leadership of the business and may be also reflect the lack of executive leadership.
President Kennedy embarked on a truly difficult task of sending a man to the moon and safely returning him back to earth. He could have focused on the more inconvenient ones faced by past presidents. No, he decided to not let fear stop him from moving the country forward to a new frontier.
This week we experienced the first significant snow storm of the season. People are complaining on social media about things that happened such as the inconvenience of:
- Losing electricity
- Having school age children home because school was cancelled
- Shoveling snow
- Driving on slippery roads
Those who settled this land over 100 years ago in a midst of a significant snow storm would be looking at the truly difficult tasks of feeding the livestock; chopping wood; breaking the ice in the water pond, etc. Their oil lamps would provide the light. The school age children would be doing chores. As to transportation, if the horse was not an option there was always snowshoes.
When those in business leadership tackle the really difficult tasks, then many of the inconvenient ones sometimes disappear. Of course to tackle the really difficult tasks requires clarity of the real problems and that is another subject for another day.
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