Yesterday I attended the funeral of the father of one of my friends. It was a good reminder that when it comes to time we all have limits.

There will be a last meeting, a last speech, a last commute, and a final budget in your current position.  What if you knew when that last day would come? If you had only five years remaining, how would it change your approach? What if you had only one year? One month? One week?

Recognizing limits leads to urgency which is a good thing.

Over the next couple of weeks students will study harder knowing a final exam is scheduled. Soon-to-be moms are decorating nurseries to beat the due date of a coming baby. Details for a June wedding are beginning to look like an oncoming freight train for those engaged to be married.

As a leader you are running out of time. How much more effective could you be if you led every day with a sense of urgency?

Spend some time this weekend evaluating your performance and reminding yourself to work with more intensity.  It will make you a better leader.




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John Orr

10 years ago

“I hear the “train” a-comin’. It’s comin’ round the bend. I ain’t seen the sunshine since…I don’t know when.”
Today’s freight train is about 4 hours away!
See you on the course…I want to see you drive away in the 2011 Chevy Camaro!


10 years ago

How sweet would that be!


10 years ago

Thanks! Great blog!

parker millican

10 years ago

its amazing how this blog and the one yesterday have been exactly how my day has gone. thanks so much mr gravitt


10 years ago

Thanks for the comment Parker. I think it is great you are reading the blog and seeking to grow as a leader.

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