By: Tom Newhouse in Leadership, 2 years ago

A Shot is a poignant leadership tip from “a rifle.”  Yes, leadership coach, Tom Newhouse, uses a rifle from his farming heritage to “tell it like it is.”


THERE WE WERE—Rudy, my marksman, and I, atop a stack of hay bales, peering out a Quonset window.  It was early morning, pre-dawn, and Rudy had a mind to “remove” a murderous fox, the one killing Mother’s chickens.  The fox, oblivious to his stalkers, emerged from a grain field and scampered down the lane, heading to the broiler pen.  Adrenalin surged:  Here before our eyes was the culprit . . . but what if I missed—Mr. Fox would “high tail it” out of here.  No worry, Rudy “had this”:  Deliberately, steadily he aligned my sights; accounted for distance, windage, and the fox’s speed; and squeezed my trigger.  Our opportunity was one shot.  It was enough.

If only leaders would take aim, steady aim.  That’s beyond pointing and shooting.  It’s deliberate action with a specific objective, without which everything is important, and, thus, nothing is important.  Try this:  One vision—clear, not convoluted, while stretching but within reach.  And this:  A clear plan of execution (no pun intended).  Think simple and effective.  Now, add this:  Defined roles and responsibilities.  Okay, you’re ready to pull the trigger:  Relax, exhale, squeeze.  A good aim is half the hunt—or more.




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