Be Impatient With The Status Quo – Not Your Process!

Employees 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 they didn’t win the war by themselves.  It took a much more involved effort on a lot of people’s parts.

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.

Be impatient with the status quo – NOT the system or process.  The changes will follow the impatience… yours, your employees and your customers.

Change your strategy and it will change your results.

Jim Mathis is an international professional speaker and author of the Best-selling Reinvention Made Easy: Change Your Strategy, Change Your Results.  To receive his free monthly e-newsletter with articles like this send a SUBSCRIBE message to: subscribe@jimmathis.com.

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