Want to be a more effective leader? Want to be more successful?
So I’ve got to let you in on this:
Being smart is over-rated. So is being perfect.
Because there’s something much better than being smart or getting things perfectly right.
No, not as in the movie Speed with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. Not zooming through the countryside in a candy-red convertible next to the dream hotsie of your choice. (Although that sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?) And not a nasty pill, either.
I’m referring to speed as in getting things done quickly.
The get-it-done kind of speed beats being smart. It beats being perfect. Every single time.
That’s according to James E. Lukaszewski, an expert in managing and counteracting tough, touchy, sensitive corporate communications issues. I’ve admired Jim’s work for years.
Plus, Jim reminds me of the fine folks I worked with when I got my start in PR in New York City. And that is a huge compliment to Jim!
Here’s what Jim Lukaszewski advises: Do it now, ask it now, fix it now, challenge it now and change it now.
But what about mistakes? Won’t mistakes get made by moving that fast?
“There is simply no evidence that speeding up decision-making causes any more errors than decisions that are delayed by timidity, hesitation, or the search for the perfect solution,” Jim Lukaszewski says.
In other words:
- Mistakes are inevitable (even if you are super-smart or are striving to be perfect).
- Deferring mistakes only delays success.
So get in the game. Make your mistakes early, then fix them and move on to success and more effective leadership.
P.S. You can find Jim’s books on Amazon. His latest is Lukaszewski on Crisis Communication: What Your CEO Needs to Know about Reputation Risk and Crisis Management.
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What’s your top tip for breaking through inertia, timidity or perfectionism?
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