Yesterday, I shared a post about being a “Type-B” in a “Type-A” environment. (thanks for all the comments and feedback!)
I imagine there are few leadership environments more extreme than the NFL. I loved the movie Draft Day, where negotiations between teams were so incredibly intense in the final hours leading up to the draft. At the point when the teams had to make their picks, the clock became a huge critical factor. Each team had 10 minutes to make a decision, else the next team would be allowed to pick instead.
The intensity of the clock became a game-changer during the draft. Some played it cool…and others lost their cool. The clock revealed who was really the better leader.
It’s just as true in our projects. Anyone can make a great decision if given enough time to review all the facts. But we don’t have that luxury. Most of us must make decisions quickly before the clock robs us of that option. Everyone else can second guess us later.
Are you aware of the clock in your project? Are you using it to your advantage…or do you delay (waiting for more information) and ultimately lose your turn? (Confession – I’m still working on developing this skill)
Thanks for listening.