Brenda’s Blog – June 10, 2014
“No Parking,” read the sign. Nothing unusual about that – ordinarily. But the Spring rains left the prohibition standing stork-like in the high waters of the St. Croix River in Stillwell, MN.
I immediately thought of something Dad used to tell me, “Brenda, stay current. Operate on what is, not what was, or even what you wish it were.” That sign was meant for times when the water stayed within its banks and motorists attempted to park their cars on the walkway.
Leaders keep their antennae well-tuned to conditions making decisions which reflect change while holding true to the vision. Consistent review of policies, products, and procedures keep organizations from wading into the water. Obsolescence quickly comes from missed opportunities.
Strong organizations build on the legacy of history while creating foundations for the future.
Relationships need review, as well. What are our goals? What is our direction? How are we growing? What needs tuning? What needs celebrating?
Recently I cleaned out two closets. A true challenge to staying current! Where is the fine line between holding on until it comes back into fashion and simply cluttering? What separates “good stewardship” from “hanging on to junk?” Staying current means making tough calls and filling bags.
The river waters will recede and the sign will serve its intended purpose. But on this sunny May day it served me well, triggering reflection. No lazy unexamined living for me…time to stay current.