african proverb greg bustin executive leadership blog

Bon Voyage

July 29th, 2014  | 

Published in Strategic Planning, Uncategorized

You’re the captain of your ship.

What shape is it in?

Is everyone in your organization doing what’s expected or do employees blame each other for missed deadlines, broken promises and botched assignments?

There’s an African proverb that says, “I take no joy that the hole is in your end of the boat.”

Every organization – no matter how successful – has problems that need fixing.

Are people in your organization working together to fix problems or pointing fingers and taking joy that the hole is not in their department?

Plenty of dysfunctional companies manage to be successful.

Is everyone in your boat unified around your mission, vision, and values? Clarity creates confidence.

How much more successful can you be if everyone is crystal clear about what’s expected of them to achieve the success you say you want?

About the Author: Greg Bustin is an executive coach, consultant and speaker who has delivered more than 500 keynotes and workshops on five continents. Greg advises leaders at some of the world’s most admired companies, and his views about leadership have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., Investor’s Business Daily, Leader to Leader, and other major publications. He’s written five leadership books. His newest book, How Leaders Decide: A Timeless Guide to Making Tough Choices (Sourcebooks), examines decision-making in history’s greatest triumphs and tragedies. How Leaders Decide

Ready to reset?

Attend my free Accountability webinar: I Did It! to set and achieve your 2021 goals.


  • February 17th from 11 AM – 12:30 PM Central Time
  • My free webinar will help you:
    – Sharpen your personal goals
    – Improve time management
    – Tackle tough work-related issues
    – Support remote workers

Learn More
To dive even deeper into the topic of accountability, I invite you to purchase a copy of my bestselling book, “Accountability: The Key to Driving a High-Performance Culture.”

Get The Book

Become a better leader.

Download my three free e-books.

Please enter your information below to access a digital download link for my three free e-books. Once submitted, you will receive an email with a link to download the e-books.

Free Tips

Sign up to receive free tips on business, leadership, and life.

Please enter your information below to start receiving free tips on business, leadership, and life.

Sign up for my free bimonthly email button