Maintenance

On Saturday I spent the afternoon doing maintenance on my lawn mower. Truthfully, I am not a maintenance kind of guy. Using and abusing a mower comes a lot more naturally than cleaning and servicing.

Maintenance

In my case I had no choice. The drive belt slipped off of a pulley leaving the mower, treadmill like, running but not moving. You could hear the grass clapping.

As I worked on the belt it became apparent there were other issues I had ignored. Two hours later the mower looked and performed like it had just left the John Deere factory.

Lawn mower maintenance caused me to think about leadership maintenance. It reminded me

of how easy it is to ignore issues of integrity, consumed instead with the next project or goal. Let’s face it, leaders like to accomplish stuff, not take care of the stuff they have already accomplished.

As you approach a new week, make sure you spend some time on maintenance. If you ignore it long enough, don’t be surprised if you end up in the tall grass.

i2i,

Randy

What is one specific area where you need to perform some leadership maintenance this week?

 

 

 

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S Scott Johnson

7 years ago

Randy … You make some great points here. Unfortunately, I see this fairly often–a new manager comes in, makes changes and then in 1-2 years moves to the next position. So, they don’t get to live with those changes and see whether or not they were effective. Decisions have longer-term effects than just 2 years. You’re right–leaders should–at least for some time period–maintain what they own or create.

randygravitt

7 years ago

Thanks Scott. You make a great point about all the transition that takes place.

Coach Brown

7 years ago

This is a perfect comment that parallels the message I read about the goal of discipleship is being an example for Christ to others. When do we best show others how to be like Christ? Are preventative maintenance checkups better than waiting until something breaks leaving us “spinning our wheels”? What reflects what discipleship should teach us?

randygravitt

7 years ago

Great questions Coach. Thanks for commenting this morning and I hope you have a great week!

japonzio

7 years ago

Thank you Randy, Here lately I have been feeling bogged down. I guess I need to pause and reflect on what maintenance I need…
Be Blessed in all you do…
Ja

randygravitt

7 years ago

Thanks Jason! Hope you have a great week too.

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