If you are serious about change, maybe its time for you to make urgency your friend.
Urgency and change go hand in hand. Unfortunately, most leaders (and people for that matter) view urgency as a bad word. They see urgency as, “I’m in a hurry. My schedule is slammed. Busy, busy, busy. Rush, rush, rush. Always on the go.”
What if you flipped the script and viewed urgency as your friend? … A weapon to help you move the needle toward change.
In his book, A Sense of Urgency, Harvard Business School professor John Kotter hints at this idea when he writes, “True urgency is driven by a deep determination to win, not anxiety about losing. With an attitude of true urgency, you try to accomplish something important each day, never leaving yourself with a heart-attack-producing task of running one thousand miles in the last week of the race.”
Time for a change? If so, add positive urgency to your arsenal and do something important … TODAY!
Why do you think leaders resist change?
Hasty decisions are dangerous decisions. Therefore, urgency can be misunderstood to mean hastiness will result or is needed. But urgency merely means “keeping the main thing, the main thing” until the mission is accomplished and needed changes and desired results are realized. Urgency and hasty are not synonymous! I have urgent needs in my life but I also have fear in making hasty decisions as my response – that is why we need prayer to discover God’s will, ways and wisdom to respond to our sense of urgency.
Great comment, Coach!
Change brings about uncertainty. When we are uncertain we can become fearful. We also become comfortable with what we know, even if we dislike it. People also do not like to be out of their comfort zone…
Great point, Jason!