One of the leading radio personalities and giants, of the twentieth century, was Paul Harvey. He had an inimitable style, was a true story – teller, and his trademarked style included the closing line, And now you know the rest of the story. Perhaps, nowhere is this patience and discipline, to wait to gather as many facts as possible, before prematurely judging and making essential decisions, more relevant, than when it applies to quality, effective leadership! In my four decades of identifying, qualifying, training, developing and consulting to thousands of actual and/ or potential leaders, as well as serving as a leader, in a variety of settings (both corporate, as well as civic/ not – for – profit), I have witnessed, many times, how true this adage is. It is important to remain open – minded and consider all facts and options, prior to making the most important decisions. Let’s review together, using the mnemonic approach, the relevance of the rest of the STORY.
1. Strengths; systems; sustainability; solutions: If you wish to make necessary changes, it makes sense, to begin by focusing on using areas of strength, and addressing weaknesses. It’s not enough to simply come up with some possible solution, but rather, assure its viability, by knowing your group! Create, develop, introduce and implement the best systems, to achieve objectives! One’s goal must always focus on sustainability!
2. Timely; trends; think: Think things through, as thoroughly as possible, so you avoid the tendency to over – simplify! One must carefully balance between the need for timely action and responses, with proceeding in a well – considered, wise manner! Think before you act, but do so, as a real leader would! Utilize the best trends, to proceed effectively!
3. Options; opportunities: How wisely one utilizes the most viable, relevant options, often determines, whether he proceeds wisely! Effective leaders realize they must be prepared to recognize and effectively take advantage of the best opportunities! Success is often based on whether one takes advantage of, or loses out, on opportunities, which may present themselves!
4. Relevant; rationale; reach: One must know when something is important and relevant, and when it is petty stuff! Understand the rationale behind your reasoning and consideration! Reach out effectively to those you serve, by listening and learning! Get the whole picture!
5. Your; you; yes: Do you fully understand your vision and direction? Are you willing to take personal responsibility, rather than simply, blaming and complaining? Will you proceed by saying, yes, to the possibilities, in an open – minded manner?
Will you be open – minded and ready to know the rest of the STORY? The greatest leaders consistently prepare!
Source by Richard Brody