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How fast are your decisions?

Martha sits out on the porch on a hot summer day drinking a refreshing lemonade. While normally, she takes the early evening to relax while the temperatures cool, something was different. The skies usually crystal clear had an interesting haze. Then, Martha realized the usually crisp air felt like someone was stepping on her chest.

Martha stood up quick, wondering what was going on. Before she turned to walk inside, a loud piercing knock came from the front door. An officer cut straight to the chase, didn’t even say hello.

Ma’am. There’s a fast raging fire four miles from here. With the winds changing directions, your house is likely to be a direct hit. Leave in the next thirty minutes.

Martha stood shell-shocked. Thank you, officer.

She took a deep breath and let out a sigh.

Martha, asked herself out loud, What’s the most important items?

Legal documents.

Family pictures.

Extra gasoline, that was for her lawn mower

Non-perishable food.

2 pairs of clothes and comfortable shoes

A sleeping bag.

Her computer and charger

Her dog, Mocha.

In 10 minutes everything was packed and she left her house. Martha had no clue if she would ever return.

Too many of us get emotionally hijacked in chaos and get stuck. How do you stay calm and think clearly?  

Everyday, we are bombarded with new information seeking our attention. If you know your intention and what’s most important, decisions are easy to make.

In the midst of chaos (and change), do you know what’s the most important thing to focus on?

There is a clear choice. Be decisive. 

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Priority Retreats International

Want more control? Do this. 

Bill ran his team like clock work. At the weekly team meeting, he asked each team member to give a status update. Bill then promptly told the team member exactly how to fix the issue. Over the course of the year, Bill’s team became resentful. The team frequently talked about Bill’s controlling style, which made them feel inferior and unable to propose innovative solutions that were superior to Bill’s ideas.

Overtime, Bill’s team began to find new jobs. In one month over half his team resigned. Bill complexed to what was happening, ask one of his team members if they had any insight. The young guy, unable to look Bill directly in the eyes, said softly “You tell us what to do.” Our team isn’t allowed to make suggestions or propose new ideas. It is not a fun place to work when we get our own creative mojo on. Bill thanked the young guy for his honesty.

Bill sighed. He went home that night. Unable to sleep, he began to think about how he can go about this differently. The next morning, Bill was called into the CEO’s office. The CEO stated that another member of his team resigned. Calmly, the CEO asked, what’s going on? Bill, with a somber reserve, stated how he was telling people what to do instead of letting his team self-correct and work with each other to troubleshoot project issues.

To move anything forward, control only works on yourself. To be effective, collaborate with others. 

Wishing you an abundant, joyful and prosperous day!

Lora Polowczuk
Chief Energy Officer
© Priority Retreats International