Another meeting in the cycle, it’s weekly, monthly, or quarterly. You know the drill, it’s report outs, lectures, and stories of where everything comes up short. Change is what you want and change is part of the talk, but no one challenges the true status quo.
You tell yourself it’s not the right time, the right place, or that it has all been said before. You want to speak up, but you’re feeling the end result will find you black listed, your reputation tarnished, and you’ll be overlooked for future advancement. You know your point is valid and that others agree. It’s been said, discussed, and supported privately with your colleagues and peers.
Change has at least one consistent outcome; its path is always a bell curve. It starts with positive growth on the up side, a peak, and then the dreaded downward slide. The key for best success then will come to those who join in early, benefit from the up side, and ride to the top. Procrastination or waiting won’t work. You can’t coast, stall, or stop, not if you are planning to be ahead of the peak.
Speak early, not late.
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. Reach him through his website at http://DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.