Column: Crossing that bridge - Leadership requires action

  • Source: Fire Rescue 1
  • Published: 06/11/2019 12:00 AM

So many decisions seem to be dismissed by “crossing that bridge when we come to it.” I’ve been trying to figure out where “that bridge” is for a long time now. Based on how people talk about “that bridge,” it must be a pretty scary place. To use another metaphor, many people seem to avoid problem-solving or decision-making challenges by “kicking the can down the road.” Instead of just picking up the can and doing something about it, it seems easier to just keep kicking the can down the road for the next person to handle. But we all know that problems left unattended won’t be solved by kicking the can or crossing the bridge later. It’s time to get proactive and pick up the can and cross that bridge – now! I challenge leaders everywhere to take bold and decisive action when necessary to handle problems or issues that come up at their departments. Certainly not every problem and/or issue will require bold and decisive action, but action nonetheless. I haven’t seen one problem or issue that solved itself without some positive intervention.


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