Sacrificing for the long game

If I had my choice between you agreeing with me in the short term, and agreeing with me in the long term, then I will always pick the long term.

Of course my ego wants both, but if you disagree with me in the short term? I can take that. I am focused on playing a longer game.

That’s where I want you to focus too. Long games sometimes require short term decisions that don’t make immediate sense. These decisions may feel like a waste of time, or a waste of money.

But, if we are focused on the long game and making today’s decisions from a long game perspective, then we are setting ourselves up for enduring success, not fleeting achievement.

Agree with me later.

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 September 10, 2019

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