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Peter Drucker believed the five most important questions you will ever ask about your organization are:
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The most important thing about you:
The most important thing about you, after Drucker’s five questions, is the way you treat each other while you fulfill your mission.
Getting things done is an immediate concern that often obscures long-term issues like building an organization where people love coming to work.
The long-term concerns of servant leaders go beyond getting things done.
The trouble with long-term issues is neglecting them doesn’t hurt until tomorrow.
Urgency has the power to elevate the trivial to important.
You aspire to build engaged teams that distribute responsibilities and share ownership. But short-term urgencies give you permission to bark orders, ignore feedback, and threaten anyone who doesn’t “get on board.”
The tyranny of the urgent becomes an excuse to prioritize short-term results over long-term issues and enduring value.
The altar of short-term success is a tempting place to sacrifice values and character.
Short-term urgencies obscure long-term realities.
Character is acting with long-term realities in mind, even when pressured by short-term urgencies.
Things like respect, connection, and timely feedback matter most when you’re tempted to ignore them.
You might be able to ignore culture building while you chase short-term urgencies. But you end up hating the organization you’re building and despising the role you play.
3 concerns beyond results:
Delivering results is a challenge. This is your opportunity to reflect on issues that go beyond results.