“I have all my accidents backing up,” says Tim Briethaupt, a fellow member of CAPS Calgary*. Hearing that comment again has got me thinking about where and on what leaders focus moment by moment. When our eyes are on the rear-view mirror, we are tempted to back up. When our eyes are on the road ahead, we find the best lane and avoid new potholes and other unexpected dangers.
Day to day, as you lead your organization, how much bandwidth do you spend on the rear view…re-celebrating yesterday’s triumphs, re-struggling through yesterday’s break-downs? Specifically, what will you do this week to ensure your eyes remained focussed on the near future? Who will you enlist to keep you zeroed-in?
*Canadian Association of Professional Speakers