Course Correction Not Perfection

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Change, Course Correction, Leadership Lessons | 1 comment

You will often hear me say “It’s about course correction, not perfection.” I believe one of the biggest skills for wise leaders in the next decade and beyond is to learn how to course-correct.CourseCorrection

I’m not going to share the tools of course correction on this short post, however, I do want to share this for you to think about: Course-correction will always be linked to both growth and change.

The course-correction will always include a new way of thinking before you can initiate the new behavior or the new action.

The mind must change first and the first indicator is usually some sort of drama or discomfort.

The discomfort is either a signal to course-correct or to grow, or sometimes both.

Here is the mental model or the inner idea: The only reason you have drama or discomfort is because you are ready for the next level.

This is good news. Adopting this mental mindset will help you because it will turn you into more of a creator instead of a reactor or responder.

Here are the normal reactions

1. Resist (by complaining, blaming, judging, or going negative and feeling helpless.)

2. Denial (pretending all is OK and putting on a positive face trying to get others to buy in.)

3. Distraction (Drinking, eating, sleeping, or finding some unrelated problem to focus on.)

When you change the way you see the struggle it becomes an opportunity for growth.

Here is the model:

1. Accept

2. Acknowledge

3. Embrace

marlene2Marlene Chism is a consultant, national speaker and author of Stop Workplace Drama (Wiley 2011). Marlene’s passion is developing wise leaders and helping people to discover, develop and deliver their gifts to the world.

Marlene’s message is spreading across the country at association meetings, corporate retreats, universities and other venues. If interested in exploring speaking or training opportunities please call 1.888.434.9085

One Comment

  1. Thanks for this Marlene. I had noticed the last few days I’ve been eating everything in sight and staying away from my desk. This post prompted me to look at “Why?” I’m going to face it and “accept, acknowledge and embrace.” Onward!


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