I know a guy who received a speeding ticket on his way to work. Needless to say, the stop put him further behind.
You would think the ticket would have sent a message.
It did not. Fourteen minutes after the first ticket, he received a second one.
Talk about being in a hurry!
A while back, I was walking through a convention center with a real type A leader. I had one of my daughters with me, and the leader was with his wife.
My friends will tell you that I am a fast walker. But compared to that guy, I am a snail. He walked right off and left our entire group.
His wife, who was walking beside my daughter and me, made the comment, “I am used to it. He is always several steps ahead of me.” She was not smiling.
The Bible warns us about hurry. Listen to these words from Proverbs 21:5 in The Message: “Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind . . .”
For the guy we were chasing, it appeared he was ‘getting ahead.’ I would argue his pace was actually putting him further behind relationally. I imagine his wife would agree.
It was a good lesson for me to see first hand. Too often those closest to me are looking at the back of my head instead of holding my hand.
I hope you are not in a hurry. If you are, you have been bitten by the ‘Blur.’
Why not take someone ‘with’ you this week instead of trying to leave everyone behind?
Leadership Begins at Home,
When are you most tempted to hurry? How do you think it affects others when you are in a rush?
Comment Below …
Sometimes we just need to stop and smell the roses… I like walking with my wife and not running off ahead. Sometimes I do slip ahead of everyone, specially when I am in a hurry or feel like I am late. I need to remember to just slow down. Take a moment to smell the roses…
As someone once told me, great leaders walk slowly through the crowd. And also, as you point out, with their family. Thanks, Jason!
Ouch.. I am not sure I want to share this one with Connie! But at least I learned the lesson of Hagar the Horrible, “look back to see if your friends are still following you before you scale the ladders to attack the enemies castle.” Its great to lead but it is more important to lead at a pace others can follow and keep up.
My toes too, Coach. Thanks!