A Call to Action: Embracing Risk and Change in Leadership

Imagine a scenario where you’re facing imminent danger, like having a gun pointed at your head. In those critical moments, you might reflect on your life, pondering over your unfulfilled wishes and missed opportunities. Why do we often wait for drastic events to spur us into action?

The Power of Now in Leadership

In leadership, there’s a common inclination to avoid risks. While risk assessments and impact studies are crucial, perfection in planning is a myth. As Daniel Priestley aptly puts it, it’s vital to “test in the market, not just in the mind.” This means launching your idea or executing your plans, then iterating based on real-world feedback.

Overcoming Barriers to Innovation

As 2024 unfolds, ask yourself: What’s preventing you from trying something new? What leadership action, though risky, could potentially yield significant returns? Embracing vulnerability is a stepping stone to courage – the courage to face the unknown. Remember, as Brené Brown says, “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

3 Steps to Sidestep Regret

1. Recognize Your Biases: Often, our resistance to change is rooted in unconscious biases—fear, past experiences, or a desire for control. Identifying and challenging these limiting beliefs is crucial.

2. Acknowledge the Limits of Control: The belief in total control is an illusion. In team dynamics, micromanagement hampers growth. Embrace empowered decision-making and open information sharing.

3. Embrace Experimentation and Learning: There’s no perfect product or service. Like military plans that adapt post-skirmish, be willing to experiment and learn from outcomes. Remember, failure is not in the attempt, but in the refusal to learn.

This is just a starting point. For more insights or personalized guidance, consider booking a discovery call.

Wishing you every success in 2024. Happy New Year!

Mark Billage

Mark Billage

Mark’s passion is to help realise individuals’ potential, be they leaders or team members, through empowering organisational culture. He has spent 7 years leading an organisation based in the non profit sector. In that time, he focused on creating a culture that enabled and empowered individuals, with the aim of seeing a high performing team better able to achieve the organisation’s mission.

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