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Do you have one of “those” spots? You know, the kind you go to when you need to get away? A favorite destination? To think? To pray? To relax? To breathe? Really breathe? Deeply?
I was traveling to one of “those” spots a while back. It’s about a 3 hour drive from my home in Cebu. It’s great “car time.” Isolated time to think and to get away. To avoid everyday distractions.
It’s a bonus for me that I didn’t have to drive, I could truly relax. A little nap. A little thinking. A little meditation. … On my mind that day was advice. I’d been asked by some employees and colleagues in other companies what advice I had for someone who was experiencing down-sizing. Or right-sizing.
While right-sizing is often another name for down-sizing, it could include up-sizing. It really means sizing the organization to appropriately match its output. But I have to admit that when I hear the term, I usually think it’s political/corporate “spin” for down-sizing. Regardless, the advice I’d been asked to provide was important and practical. At least to those impacted.
What advice could I provide? Was there some practical advice that would be helpful to those going through an organizational upheaval in their work or, for that matter, at home?
This thought continued to play itself out in my subconscious (though how could I truly know if it was in my subconscious – another story) because all at once, as is often the case, it came to me (this time while watching the sunset captured above). The best advice I could give to these friends. These colleagues. These employees. … Whether you’re in an organization that is down-sizing, up-sizing, or right-sizing, be in the present and give it your best. If you desire a change, then by all means, change. But give your best each day wherever you are – home, work, play, leisure. The world-class leader honors the past, plans for the future, but gives his all in the present. That’s my best advice.
That’s it. Plain and simple. Do your best everyday wherever you are. Often the most profound truths are the most simple and the most obvious. Yet rarely do I see others practice this advice fully (including yours truly).
A couple weeks ago, I found myself giving a presentation at a leadership conference with several hundred leaders who were in the midst of change. The theme for the conference was “leading in time of transition.” I found myself, once again, coming face-to-face with this truth and told the audience (many of whom report up to me): if you’re going to stay, give it your “all”; if you’re going to leave, do it with grace and professionalism . But don’t stay and be miserable. Don’t stay and whine. Don’t stay and bring others done. Stay and perform. Stay and contribute. Stay and achieve excellence. Live in the present. Be committed.
Give your “all” today to those around you – your wife, your husband, your kids, your parents, your neighbors, your co-workers, your boss, your employees, your enemies (Jesus said to love your enemies – wow! hard!).
Do you give it your “all?” Everyday? … Are you committed to being excellence in the present or do you spend all your time dwelling on the past and dreaming of the future?
As always, the floor is open to your comments, suggestions, thoughts, and feedback.