A Leader Can Make a Difference

It starts at the top

There is no doubt you need a team to achieve your vision and plans, but it starts with a leader.

If you want to finish the year differently, it starts with you.

In 1972, the Uruguayan Rugby football team and their families were involved in a plane crash in snow covered mountains. Many survived the crash and waited for rescue. They were able to listen to the radio reports of the attempts to find and rescue them.

After four weeks, three of the group listened to a radio report that said the search had been called off. Gustavo Nicolich volunteered to break the news to the desperate survivors.

"Good news!" he said, "The search has been called off." Dumbfounded and angry, others asked how that could possibly be good news. Nicolich replied "Because it means we will get out of here on our own," which is exactly what they did.

This group went from being passengers on a plane waiting to be rescued to a team of survivors working together to save themselves. Nicolich stepped up to be the positive leader they needed - he wanted a different result than what they were facing.

Fast forward to the end of the year and ask yourself how your life, business or career will be different.

Then ask yourself as a leader: ‘What do I/we need to do differently to make this happen?’

It starts now

If you keep doing the same actions you will get the same results and the year will continue on the same course.

Start now to specify specific radical actions in your marketing, staff incentives, training and cost savings that you want to achieve by the end of the year.

Get busy now. Standing still or operating in your comfort zone will not achieve where you want to be in December.

Peter Irvine
Peter is Co-Founder of Gloria Jean’s Coffees, author of "Win In Business", speaker and business consultant.

'Failing Forward' is available for order at www.peterirvine.com.au

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