When good leaders set in motion to accomplish a vision, there usually comes a question:
”What is it going to take to get there?”
I think most leaders would agree that this is a fantastic and necessary question. Without it, leaders might never really get their team to the next milestone.
But another question comes into play. Author and psychologist, Dr. Henry Cloud suggests that an equally important question (and seldom asked is): “What will NOT get us there?” He says, “Probably there are some things that you’re involved in today, even good things, that have to go away. Maybe their season has ended.” Pruning MUST happen in our own lives and in our leadership to give new life to things that will actually grow.
As you continue to progress towards a vision, are you pruning just as diligently as you’re building?
What is one practice or principle that you follow (or should follow) to help with this discipline?
By: Devon Noonan (@devoncnoonan)
Content Development, The LIFT Project
If you're looking for a next step….
- Video of Dr. Henry Cloud talking about pruning (6:30 min)
- To go deeper with this topic, consider Shaping Culture a 7-week online course that will raise the issue of culture and further equip leaders to lead toward a healthy culture in three key areas: Organizational, Relational and Spiritual.
- Necessary Ending Webcast hosted by Henry Cloud (on Friday, January 28)