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You Go In to Battle With The Army You’ve Got

Leaders prepare for their battles (daily or otherwise.) Some thoughts on the subject…

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Abe Lincoln

Never neglect the time and effort necessary for due diligence before action. Or, as Einstein said, make sure you understand the problem. Solve the right one.

“If you don’t know where you are going, you could end up someplace else.” Yogi Berra

Know your objective.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” John F. Kennedy

Unless you are a masochist.

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Get lucky if you can; but having a plan often helps the outcome.”

“Put the army ashore and then burn the boats.” Paraphrase of Hernan Cortes enroute to conquering Mexico.

Is it creating a point-of-no-return by adopting a work-mantra of “We will achieve our goals or (your fill in the blank.) Or, maybe it suggest ultimate self-confidence.

“Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” Richard Cushing

This one is self-explanatory. IKR

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin

Learn to deal with change, solve the right problems and continue to learn.

Are you ready to battle with daily challenges? Are you ready to react to change? Do you train your staff to excel?

Have you ever threated to “burn the boats”…and mean it…or done it? I’d like to know.


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