Leading the First Minute

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Leading the First Minute

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Are you a do it at the last minute kind of person? Many people suggest they might be. Those same people may claim that they work well under pressure and do their best work during crunch time.

Business colleagues having a discussion

Why not do it in the first minute? When you’re disciplined enough to focus on the first minute instead of the last, the results are more fluid and you can allocate more time for quality, exceeding expectations, or even re-work that may be the result of circumstance, not choice.

When we recognize that leadership is about developing a belief in the follower, and it is not about developing a belief in the leader, then we also will appreciate first minute actions. This is true not because someone said so, it is because first minute actions come from the inspired, last minute actions come from fear.

If you’re responsible to lead, or even just responsible, do it in the first minute, because if for no other reason, the last minute costs more.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker, and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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