Comfort with the Uncomfortable

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In the process of identifying leaders both inside of the firm as well as those you consider from the outside, there are a number of attributes we as executives must evaluate. Many of us are also constantly asked “What is it that got you where you are today?” This is something we reflect on regarding what is really important; and it’s not always in direct alignment to functional performance.

You can spend an insurmountable amount of time debating the top attribute, but you cannot argue that among them is the ability to be “comfortable being uncomfortable.” This applies to many situations, from the seemingly straightforward conversation with an employee, to establishing a new, innovative strategic direction and tactics to achieve corporate goals. Whatever the situation may be, we as leaders must be comfortable being uncomfortable.

Where this is most applicable, and has the greatest impact on a business, is in decision making. It is difficult to place value on speed to decision and the importance of creating momentum, especially knowing that often times change will occur down the line. For organizations to be successful, they need to build and maintain a certain level of momentum. This is created by timely decision making. A detailed analysis of courses of action and risk is a logical approach but there has to be a cut-off point, even when we are not entirely comfortable doing so.

Look for the rising star who demonstrate great judgment and understand that decisions need to be made to create business momentum. Those are the leaders of tomorrow who will assure long-term business success.

Be a leader who makes decisions with conviction. Be open to change and have the courage to admit when you’re wrong. Be willing to alter your course of action and lead the change. Value momentum.

While we may not be able to be accurately assess the financial value of business momentum, we know that it’s high and putting these leaders in the right place in your organization will positively impact success.

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Mike McDermott

Mike McDermott serves as President of InquisIT. In this role, he is responsible for advancing the business by defining corporate strategy, and being the driving force behind business development and contract operations.

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