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Uncertain Times Require Leaders to Challenge Status Quo

Uncertain Times Require Leaders to Challenge Status Quo 

It’s almost impossible to be in business today without feeling some uncertainty and things changing almost daily. I recently read Andy Stanley’s Next Generation Leader and it helped remind me about a few things as I look to lead my team through uncertainty. One of the best chapters focused on acting boldly and with courage. I wanted to encourage others in the current environment to do the same.  It also reminded me of the quote from Wayne Gretzky, “You will miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

My bet is your organization is like ours – sometimes we can be slow to change. Change is never easy and people resist it. We like the comfort of our current processes and systems. In order to move forward and progress, we must be willing to live in uncertainty and be willing to change. Andy said, “We must become better, more relevant, more disciplined, better aligned, more strategic.”

Andy pointed out that what you are doing today was someone’s great idea at one point. As a leader, we may have to be willing to let go of what was considered revolutionary. We have a tendency to stay with the status quo longer than we should and then we see declining growth. Challenging old ideas that worked great requires boldness and a leader willing to take action.

Those that know me well know I can be the one willing to say what others are whispering quietly. Obviously this needs to be done with respect and I would be the first to state that when you are being bold, it can be an art to say what needs to be said and not step on some toes. But my advice is to be willing to live in that moment. I don’t advocate change for the sake of change, but I do believe it’s important to peel back the onion and make sure what you are doing is still the best thing for your organization.

Leadership requires courage and the willingness to deal with uncertainty at the risk of being wrong.  Someone has to take the first step, make the first move and clear the path.

This article is written by Mike Heffner, the owner of the local Greenwood Express Employment Professionals franchise.  Contact Mike at, @IndySouthMike on Twitter or visit