Seeing All Sides

I've been reading Mitch Albom's books lately. For those who don't immediately make the connection, Mitch is a newspaper columnist and broadcaster (often seen on ESPN's Sports Reporters) who wrote "For One More Day," "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," and "Tuesdays with Morrie." I suggest all three books if you're looking for an "interesting read" over the fall and winter months. Back to the point -- in "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," Mitch challenges his readers to "Take one story, viewed from two different angles." While he's asking his readers to begin making the connections between characters, I think it should be a challenge issued to leaders worldwide.

As a leader, one of the most important exercises that you can perform before making a decision is to look at all the potential consequences of your choices. And I don't mean making your normal "pros and cons" list to help you decide which path to take. I think you need to reflect deeply about which choice will put you in a position to open more doors, to better choices, to drive you closer to the organization's ultimate goals.

Choices are valuable. Sometimes we waste them. Sometimes we wish we didn't face them. Sometimes we make the best ones. Sometimes we make the worst ones. But, as leaders, if we spent a little more time looking at our "one story" and trying to view it from "different angles," I think we could make the best choices more frequently.

Enjoy the view! Becky