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Managing By Cliches: Timing Is Everything (Pick Your Spots)

This is another in our series of posts on the topic of “managing by cliches.”

Last week was a very good one in my department, as a long-hoped for project moved forward in a significant way, after years of opposition from certain quarters.  Reflecting on the reasons that we  finally made progress,  I believe it came down to two things:

  • perseverance  (i.e., being too stubborn to give up)
  • patience (being willing to “wait it out” until conditions were more favorable).

Melding these two qualities together, I think the cliche “timing is everything” is really what was at work here.

Do we always have the patience (and perseverance) to wait for the right moment to make our move?

Luck?

One might argue that “timing” is nothing more than luck — i.e., some people are just “born under a lucky star” and always appear to be “in the right place at the right time.”  “Not me,”  you might say.  “If I didn’t have bad luck, I’d have no luck at all” we might all feel in our “Charlie Brown” moments.  (Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought this about yourself).  While I wouldn’t argue that luck (or “good fortune,” or “kizmet,” or “serendipity”) plays no role, I do think that other more controllable factors are involved, as well.

I believe that awareness of “the moment”  plays a key role in this.  No one can be fully aware of everything and everyone around them, of course.  But through practice and focus, we can probably all get better at this.

Poor Timing

As one example on the “bad timing” side … our national sales director Continue reading

Special Christmas Wishes

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"God Bless Us, everyone"

I’d like to send special Christmas wishes to all my blogging friends, colleagues, and readers.  I’ve enjoyed sharing thoughts and perspectives these past several months, and I look forward to exploring many new ideas in the coming year.  Realizing that we celebrate and observe a wide range of religious and cultural traditions nationally and globally, I wish everyone a season of rest, reflection, and renewal, and sharing the most important things with those closest to us.  As Charles Dickens‘ Tiny Tim rightly observed … “God bless us, everyone.”

For those that celebrate the religious meaning of Christmas, I offer special wishes for Blessings and prayers this holy season.  May we always recall Charlie Brown’s wise young friend Linus’ beautiful monologue on the meaning of Christmas (click here).

A Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Michael