MVP: Being a strategic leader is not a one-way journey. It is a series of round trips of falling back into urgent mode and escaping again. And again. And again.
Yesterday I asked where you were in your leadership journey - if you were in the same place last year, and if you had a plan for change.
My questions were a bit misleading because I implied that the journey is linear and one-way, but that isn’t the truth.
Yes, some of you may be permanently stuck in the black hole of urgency.
And yes, some of you may be in stage two managing your priorities and being strategically reactive, but not quite been able to move to being a strategic leader.
For the rest of us, who have been able to practice strategic leadership, we know the journey is not linear, but cyclical. We dance in the different stages on different days or even within the same day.
On Saturday I wrote about my failure to adhere to the third principle of strategic leadership – progress instead of action. I made a simple thing complicated. I asked a colleague to share the link to The Assistant Principal Podcast with his assistant principals.
Instead of making progress by simply sending the link, I focused on action by creating a complicated document describing my email lists and podcast. After 45 minutes, I hadn’t sent my colleague the link and what I created was too complex for the intended task!
Does this sound like you?
The Daily Intention: Again, monitor the quadrants your activities fall into and at the end of the day reflect on where you are in your journey.