Control and Growth Are Mutually Exclusive
Wow, that’s a pretty strong statement!
I recently listened to a presentation by Craig Groeschel, whom I’ve quoted before. He is the senior pastor of a very unique megachurch and is a Level 5 Leader, to use one of author Jim Collins’ terms. Groeschel actually coined an acronym that he believes is the essence of what Olympic leaders embrace: PUC (pain, uncertainty, chaos).
In the talk, Groeschel suggested three rhetorical questions for leaders who want their organizations to grow:
1. What do you “control” that you need to let go of?
2. What risk/s do you need to take?
3. What painful decision/s have you been avoiding that it’s time to make?
He also offered these powerful observations:
• The best leaders don’t obsess about controlling outcomes. The best leaders obsess about empowering their leaders.
• When things are uncertain, what’s most important becomes clear.
• Great leaders plan for unexpected opportunities. (Editorial comment: Jim Collins would say great leaders recognize and seize “luck” events.)
• The cost of inaction is always greater than the cost of a mistake.
• No organization ever achieved greatness by playing it safe.
• The difference between where you are and where you could be is often the painful decision you’re unwilling/reluctant to make.
So, do you really want your company to grow?