Kristen and I are lucky enough to be having another baby girl in April. Similar to when we had our first (Eloise), everyone is very jovial in congratulating us, while at the same time making sure we know that “2” makes it a whole new ball game. The most common comments have been: “You better be ready”; “Your life is really going to change now”; “You have had it easy so far”, “2 is the same as 10”, etc.. While we are super excited, we know that if we do not start planning and making changes, the stress will be overwhelming and there will be failure in other areas. We will make adjustments, and it will be tough in the beginning, but it is going to be GREAT to add another little girl to the Barstow family. We are working on this now, rather than waiting until April.
Now let’s apply the same concept to our professional lives. When leadership is not invoking change, bad things happen. This applies to reacting to potential problems and opportunities, as well as innovating. In an environment with great leadership, we should never hear co-workers say things like “If I was running this place we would definitely be offering xyz”, “Why is Joe on the team – he does absolutely nothing”, or “We are always behind in being different and offering new products/services – we can’t compete”. We should be continuously giving birth to new ideas. And we should be testing them with our teams and customers, preparing for any changes needed, and then launching them as new successes.
Lack of new initiatives/changes will lead to failure, as will poorly planning and executing the launch of something new that should be considered GREAT from the very beginning.