The brim and the future leader

We are at a point where stuff is getting real. There are more open jobs now than ever before. Companies are scrambling to find talented team members because they are not able to serve increasing demand. Despite claims to the contrary, I think labor shortages will be a perennial problem from here on out. The questions for future leaders considering this problem: Are you willing to “fire” the worst of your clients to balance workload (instead of making everyone work permanent overtime)? Are you willing to say “no” to that new initiative or that new potential client because you have reached your organization’s outer limit? Simply put: Do you have enough chutzpah, now that we are all full-to-the-brim busy, to start focusing on only those clients and initiatives that best align with your mission, instead of anyone with a checkbook? It’s harder than it looks.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on December 3, 2018

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