Ehstoday 3795 Fallleaves

Let It Snow – Curious Lessons in Change Leadership

Dec. 22, 2015
Great leaders possess a keen situational awareness and prepare their organizations for major challenges before they occur, before anyone notices.

There they are – the beautiful colors of fall showcased by a seasonal cool breeze that subtly foretells the arrival of an imposing climatic change.

One falls, then two, and then too many to count; the trees relinquish their leaves, their energy factories, in response to a shortened day, a lengthened night and an ever predictable event in the coming months.

A cold winter is surely ahead for which proper planning and operational readiness are a survival necessity. This they understand.

The tree’s branches are implementation devices, delivering on the organizational vision. When resources are high, productivity reaches maximum potential. Precious energy is then generated, stored and diverted towards the fulfillment of growth, thereby satisfying the tree’s mission.

When resources are critically low, productivity gives way to survivability. It is then that strategic actions play a key role, often dramatically, to assure the future growth and sustainment of the tree. Nature always makes the necessary compromises while maintaining the certainty of goal achievement in its line of sight.

In leadership, it also is critical to recognize early when brighter days succumb to darker ones. The sooner the leader understands what is happening, the clearer the vision, the better the decision-making process, the faster the recovery period. What worked six months ago likely is not the best option for adequately addressing what is happening now nor what is going to happen in the not too distant future.

Business environments and organizational effectiveness, like the seasons, are dynamic commodities. When carefully analyzed and considered, they both expose a breezeway that often leads to a host of solid decisions, the performance of which often exceeds expectations.

Great leaders possess this keen situational awareness and respond by preparing their organizations for major challenges before they occur, before anyone notices. They do so by maximizing resource allocation, by minimizing bottom line detractors and by empowering their organization to make the right decisions at the right time and for the right reasons.

So, as your morning alarm clock signals yet another opportunity for success, think about how to monitor the climatic temperature of your organization. Take a curious glance at that great big old maple tree on the way to work and ponder how it strategically and successfully survived the threat and prospect of change throughout its many formidable seasons.

Harvest these lessons and focus on the vision required to lead your organization towards delivering a pallet of spectacular color to every challenge, every time. In this way, spring and summer always will prepare your team (your branches) for the eventual fall and winter, both personally and professionally.

Let it snow.

Sponsored Recommendations

ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS)

March 28, 2024
ISO 45001 certification – reduce your organizational risk and promote occupational health and safety (OHS) by working with SGS to achieve certification or migrate to the new standard...

Want to Verify your GHG Emissions Inventory?

March 28, 2024
With the increased focus on climate change, measuring your organization’s carbon footprint is an important first action step. Our Green House Gas (GHG) verification services provide...

Download Free ESG White Paper

March 28, 2024
The Rise and Challenges of ESG – Your Journey to Enhanced Sustainability, Brand and Investor Potential

Free Webinar: Mining & ESG: The Sustainability Mandate

March 28, 2024
Participants in this webinar will understand the business drivers and challenges of ESG and sustainability performance, the 5 steps of the ESG and sustainability cycle, and prioritized...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of EHS Today, create an account today!