Have you ever worked for a leader who is totally dedicated to tearing down what was before in order to move ahead with a new agenda?
How did that feel?
When you're in favor of the agenda, it could feel fine. But, for at least some of that leader's constituents the tearing down of the past felt like cruelty, like heartlessness. It causes people to dig in, to resist change, to do whatever it takes to repeat past processes rather than proceed past them.
High performance leaders have a heart. It is completely possible to build an exciting future while also honoring those parts of the past that got you where you are. There are no perfect organizations. If you care enough to lead a team, please do care enough about that teams heritage to honor the work that came before.
It's not a way to get stuck in the past. It's a way to move forward with dignity.
Honor your past so that you can avoid repeating it.
-- doug smith
Leadership Call to Action:
Be your best. Appreciate something worthy from your organizations past.