I have often taught that people change only when they hurt enough that they have to, learn enough that they want to, or receive enough that they are able to.
To help me think things through and process my decisions, I read a book that had just been published: Jack: Straight from the Gut by Jack Welch. In it I read the following six rules for successful leadership:
1. Control your destiny, or someone else will.
2. Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it were.
3. Be candid with everyone.
4. Don’t manage, lead.
5. Change before you have to.
6. If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.
Continually cast a realistic eye on . . .
The Situation—it is often worse than you think.
The Process—it usually takes longer than you think.
The Price—it always costs more than you think.
All this comes from the John Maxwell book Leadership gold: Lessons i’ve learned from a lifetime of leading