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3 Clues Leadership Broken

AUDIO: 3 Clues That Something is Broken

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

No pilot would take off if they knew something important was broken. No business would launch their revolutionary product if they knew it would have to be recalled. No leader would hire a team member or engage a mission objective if they KNEW it would be subverted and fail.   

We loaded up the mold to be delivered to our customer. We were proud of the sample parts it produced and were glad the project was complete. But, when the customer called the next day with parts stuck in the mold, the nightmare began. After our own molding supervisor couldn’t get it to run production in their machine, he transported the tool back to be disassembled in our shop. It was embarrassing and it was costly.

Inadequate cooling in the tool kept it from running production without eventually sticking parts.  It was impossible to keep the temperature consistent, no matter what we tried. The entire design had been predicated on cooling the plates and now we were going to have to find a way to cool each insert independently. It was a disaster.

Every time I think of something like that, I have this stark awareness.

Decisions Designed to Fail

The moment that design decision was made, the problem was inevitable.

We just didn’t know it yet.  Isn’t it the same with many of the decisions we make; many of the issues of our lives? We’re broken, we just don’t know it yet.

So, how would you know if you’re heading toward brokenness? I can tell you from personal experience it seems totally obvious when you’re looking backward.

20/20 hindsight, they call it. But, how do we see it in advance?

Here are 3 clues I think might help if you pay attention to them:

1. Seeking the path of least resistance. You may not be pursuing pleasure but you’re always avoiding pain. Even good, therapeutic pain. When I’m running, I notice even a slight uphill grade but when it’s a little downhill, it feels pretty level. It’s deceiving. When you set up a glide rate in an airplane, it’s a slight decent. But, it can only be temporary or you’re in trouble. Pay attention. If the decision isn’t challenging you to climb above the obstacles, you might be going down. If it’s the trend, you’ll eventually crash. 

2. You don’t feel you have a choice. This is the road to cascading brokenness. You’re facing a decision and you feel you no longer have a choice. The real decision was made in the past and now your hands are tied. You can’t imagine going back, even if you really want to. This is the lie of downward, broken momentum. Bad decisions don’t have to become masks we wear. Changing a trend, making a stand, facing the truth that we were wrong is the only remedy. Small brokenness leads to catastrophic breakdown when we believe we no longer have a choice.

3. It feels like duty rather than passion. You’re being pursued instead of being the pursuer. When things are broken, they gradually go upside down. Obligation is the clue that something is broken. When momentum is moving against you, fear, duty and obligation take the place of passion and peace. Only time separates you from complete brokenness.

These three clues are evidence.

Pursue Your Purpose

You can see them in the past and if you look closely you will see them in the present.

Climb. Make choices new each day, even if it feels uphill. Live with passion and never accept the brokenness of duty.

If something is broken, don’t wait.

Pursue breakthrough. That is your highest created purpose.

Add your comments to the conversation: Are you tired of making decisions that are destined to fail from the on set? Are you feeling broken because of this? What new choices will you start making tomorrow (even if it seems difficult)? Post your reply below.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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