July 17th, 2012 |
As businesses emerge from the worst recession in 80 years, many leaders of small and mid-sized businesses find that they’ve been pulled into operations during recession recovery.
Over the course of the past 24 months, some of these leaders gave up their strategic vantage point on the bridge of their ship for a position in the galley. Instead of charting the course, they’re cooking breakfast.
It’s one thing for a leader to jump in and assist colleagues from time to time executing the business plan and helping to address urgent issues. It’s another thing – and ultimately detrimental to the long-term success of the company – for a leader to abandon the critical role as the steward of the plan and an observer who’s capable of connecting seemingly unrelated dots that can lead to success.
Whose job are you doing today?
Are you on the bridge or in the galley?
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