Urgency – A State of Mind

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We have created a tech startup called Constituent Hub. We are automating the cumbersome organizational change process. I promise to share more of the journey as we go through the process. That’s not the point of today’s message though.

Starting this new entity has me thinking about acceleration, pace, speed, and the state of urgency that everyone in our organization must have for success.

The feeling I have is that every day counts. No time can be wasted. Productivity must be high. We’re delving into the unknown, knowing that there will be unanticipated road blocks.

I like to go fast. One of my favorite quotes is: “Faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.” It comes from a downhill skiing t-shirt.

A sense of leadership urgency can create a sense that the mission is so important that one’s life depends on it. Many times it does – military operations, medical breakthroughs, water for a village, etc.

We may not always have a life or death scenario at play, but we do face a livelihood impact which can seem the same!

Let’s assume that you clearly have a sense of urgency. How best do you convey that sense of urgency? How do you make your sense of urgency rub off on others?

There is a delicate balance of a leadership state of calm and a motivating sense of urgency. Urgency should not be frantic.

Do you have a sense of urgency in what you do? Can people sense it?

There are little things we can do daily:

  • Every word written and action taken must be consistent with the message of urgency.
  • You “get it” but work on telling the compelling story to others to cause a natural high-speed.
  • Insert the spirit of Andiamo! in every meeting.
  • You are the example. Don’t be the cause of delays.
  • Celebrate progress and let it motivate future action.
  • Don’t put a damper on a team members’ enthusiasm.
  • Be relentless with eliminating low-value activities.
  • Get out of the bubble. Let the marketplace and your customers motivate.

To do this week: Complacency is the enemy of breakthrough success. Is anyone on your team complacent? What can you do to change this?

Jim Canterucci

I don't know everything. But I want to. The focus of our firm, Transition Management Advisors, is to develop leadership capabilities to create a championship culture, generate innovation, and successfully lead the resulting changes.

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