Are You Impatient?

Your impatience can help you and hurt you both at the same time.

People have no patience for someone who comes in like the proverbial “bull in a china shop” and runs roughshod over everyone in the organization.

Your organization that needs to be reinvented didn’t get that way overnight…and it won’t be cured overnight either.  I often ask executives who call me and want a keynote speech on reinvention, “How long did it take to get to where you need someone like me to come in to work with you?  Do you think in a two-hour presentation that we will automatically correct that?”  They think and most often say, “No.”

They are right. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was met with almost derision the day after he presented it.  Franklin Roosevelt’s “fireside chats” warmed hearts during the Great Depression, but the country didn’t turn around for years.  And Winston Churchill still inspires people today with the speeches he gave on the BBC during the bombing of London in World War II, but no individual speech won the war.

Most major problems take time to resolve and a patient leader needs to know how to address them within the context and their specific culture.

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