Posts Tagged ‘Winston Churchill’

In 100 Words: Time to Reflect

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 by AdvisorCatalyst

The end of the year is a natural time to pause and reflect – both as individuals and as organizations. Yet, many don’t take full advantage of the opportunity.

Reflection is slightly different than real-time course correction; it’s a conscious effort to identify the gaps between plans and reality. Did you meet your goals? If not, why not? What factors define your current environment? Which of your assumptions are no longer valid? What do you need to do differently?

Give yourself a dose of reality and let it drive your actions in the coming year…until it’s time to reflect again.

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”
(Winston Churchill)


In 100 Words: Inviting Dissent

Friday, August 20th, 2010 by AdvisorCatalyst

According to Winston Churchill, “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”

The natural response to criticism is to fight back. The effective response is to pause and consider. You are not always right; don’t you want to know when you’re wrong so you can correct your course?

Disagreement is good. Discipline yourself and your team to invite criticism and respond productively.

Choose to pursue the truth rather than defend your turf. As with any discipline, it takes practice.

“The effective decision-maker, therefore, organizes disagreement.” (Peter F. Drucker)