The ONE VIRTUE That Leaders Violate That Hurts Execution
If you can see the front of the puzzle box in your mind’s eye … and you want that puzzle built YESTERDAY … you’re like most Visionaries!
I know this story firsthand… we can be incredibly driven to get results fast!
HOWEVER, the challenge lies in the execution process.
The saying goes … Rome wasn’t built in a day! AND as visionaries, we must learn to respect the process of building something great.
It takes patience (I know you’re cringing!! … I am too!!) to architect and build a solid foundation, assemble a high-performing team, and create operational disciplines that can withstand the pressure of growth.
Too often, we force execution which ends up short-circuiting the process.
We can push our teams too hard, cut corners, and make decisions without thinking through the consequences. This can lead to burnout, mistakes, and even failure.
YET .. how do we balance pushing hard for growth, failing fast and learning valuable lessons WHILE not bulldozing the infrastructure required for long-term success?!
The key to successful execution is healthy patience.
It’s about knowing when to use the gas and when to use the brake. It’s about not confusing the two or overusing one or the other.
Here are a few tips for practicing healthy patience:
- PLAN – Don’t just jump into execution without a plan. Take the time to think through the steps involved, identify the risks, and create a timeline.
- BUILD – Building a strong team is essential for successful execution. Make sure you have the right people in place with the right skills and experience.
- CREATE – Creating effective and measurable structural systems will help you to stay organized and on track. It will also help to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
- PERSEVERE – Execution takes time. Don’t get discouraged with yourself or your team if things don’t happen overnight. Just keep the needle moving forward and celebrate wins along the way!
Patience is a virtue that all leaders need to practice again and again.
In the words of Jim Rohn, “In any situation you can think of, impatience is a source of weakness and fear, while patience represents substance and strength.”
So, if you’re a visionary who’s struggling with patience, remember as always that you’re not alone. And remember that patience is essential for successful execution which is the ultimate path to operational freedom.
With patience, you will be well on your way to achieving your goals.