Effectiveness in getting Results is a matter of getting from A to B.
A is where you are now.
B is your chosen objective.
A Leader’s job is to get to B.
What is the fastest way to get to B?
Geometrically, the fastest way to travel from A to B is a straight line.
A straight line between A and B is the shortest distance between two points.
It is the shortest distance between where you are now and where you want to be.
On the path to B there will be problems to be solved.
Effective Leadership is about being extremely effective at solving your own problems and assisting others in becoming adept at solving their own problems as well.
To solve a problem effectively, it must first be simplified. In its simplification, it can become solvable.
What typically prevents us from simplifying a problem so we can solve it once and for all?
We can’t see it (yet we are not getting any closer to B).
Why can’t we see it?
Our speed of travel isn’t allowing us to make out the details in our environment.
Try to make out the license plate of the car moving in the opposite direction on the highway, it’s a challenging proposition.
At high speeds, everything seems like a blur.
What if we throttled up the speed of the vehicle but we were traveling in the wrong direction?
What would that accomplish?
“Honey, do you know where we are going?”
“No, I don’t know hun’, but we’re making good time.”
What if we forgot what point B was in the first place?
Because of human psychology’s fondness of the familiar, most people are focused on the past (and unconsciously using it to project the future).
So they repeat the same old unworkable behaviors, perform the same actions and hope for different outcomes every day.
This living out of Groundhog Day over and over, merely trying to improve over past performance, is geometrically a circular movement. And as speed picks up, it can become a vicious circle going around and around.
But it’s a circle, not a straight line.
“Improvement” is not what is needed at this time.
Sometimes we get stuck in circles on the way to B.
What is needed now is for the circle to be opened up and straightened out… for a new line to be drawn from where you are to where you want to be.
There is no greater time to straighten out the circle than when everything slows down. The reduction of speed allows us to see what we could not see at higher velocities…
Stay strong and safe!