“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Recently a client and I worked through a huge leadership step for her – one that she was afraid to take. She knew that she needed to move on; she knew that it was most likely a right step; she knew that she wanted to go forward. But she was stuck, because she was scared.
“What if it doesn’t work out?” she questioned. “What if I’m wrong? What if I take this step, and I don’t know what to do next???”
Talk to anyone in any workplace and it never fails that the topic of endless, pointless meetings comes up. It seems that the number of meetings – whether face-to-face, conference call, or video/web-based – is on the rise. One executive I worked with shared her calendar with me to demonstrate the point. She had a week full of meetings, many of which overlapped. “How can you be in two places at one time?” I asked. “Well, I’ll start out in this meeting and then leave early to catch the last half of that meeting,” she answered. Sounds awfully stressful and unproductive to me!