-- C'mon, you know you want to!
Stagnation is the precursor to failure. Too often, we sit idly by, watching while things happen all around us, then act surprised when we're left out of the successful ending. Or worse, we realize, after failure, that we could have done something.
We're not paid to sit idly by, even if what we've been doing is working out just fine. We're paid to act. Sometimes boldly.
So, what have you ignored recently? What have you decided not to do, since doing so would be difficult, confrontational, or uncomfortable? Why in heaven's name aren't you shaking things up?
I say - do something big and bold. And do it now.
Here are some examples, in case you're still scratching your head...
1. Change something. C'mon now; you know there's something going on around you, in your functional area or department, that you know could be done better.
I say, go ahead - do it better.
Maybe you'll be right, and be a hero for changing something that needed to be changed.
Maybe you'll be wrong, and be a hero for knowing that something needed to be changed.
Seems the common denominator above - is that you're a hero. What's the downside??
Leadership activity is always better than leadership inactivity. Better to be known as a decision-maker (even if some of those decisions aren't "quite right"), than to be indecisive.
I once worked for a man, Col Scott Atkins. Col. Atkins told me that "If 25% of your decisions aren't wrong, it's simply because you aren't making enough decisions." There's some truth to that.
2. Hire someone. Now's the time to take advantage of our employer-positive labor market. I can't promise we'll have another anytime soon. Have a specific need that would/could increase the general productivity or success of your outfit?
Well, there's no time like the present. Let's get 'em on board.
Two reasons: First, it's a buyer's market, so you'll likely get all you need (and then some) for your dollars. Hey, that's better than a sharp stick in the eye, right?
Second, you'll have the chance to get a new hard-charger ready for when the cycle starts pointing back up (see economy article above). Having someone earn their stripes during hard times is fantastic, experiential training...
3. Fire someone. You know you have people you would be better off without: maliciously bad attitudes, mediocre performers, those dragging down entire departments... those pains in your keester that you've been lying to yourself that "you just can't get rid of them."
Hogwash. Whack 'em now.
You'll feel better for it, the organization will be improved, and co-workers of said dud may cheer your name.
Trust me - been there, done that.
4. Do it my way. (sorry, Frankie) Train/develop/mentor someone. Take charge, realizing that next to bringing in talent, the most significant thing we do as leaders - the most value-adding contribution we can make - is to develop those working for us into bigger, better, stronger, faster leaders.
Help someone grow into something more than their current state. We all need to develop, and one of the most successful ways of doing so is through direct attention from other successful leaders.
Provide training where necessary. All leadership is not learned through osmosis - it's a learned skill, remember? As such, sometimes we need to provide that skill-based training to those needing it and worthy of developmental dollars.
Step in, take charge, make a difference.
You can always do more than you're doing today - much of that doesn't require exponentially increased efforts - simply redirecting current attention.
And it makes us better in the process.
C'mon now... do something!