Keeping your patience in tough times (Rough Waters Part IV)

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September 17, 2009

Based on my earlier blog post it is time to tackle the importance of keeping your "patience" in the lifeboat in economic rough waters.  Looks like I better complete this series soon, however, because based on some of the news out there the rough waters may be calming soon.  Did you hear, for example that Gelato sales are up …can this be a key indicator that the recession is truly over?  Wonder if this is where Bernanke is getting his information.  Hopefully this will, in turn, lead to increasing hiring trends in the gelato industry and who knows where that might lead?

Back to the point at hand…patience.  It seems like being patient while everything around you seems to be falling apart is not the logical approach, as you might be left behind.  It is important here not to confuse patience with inactivity.  As you might have noticed, things are changing faster that any of us could possibly keep track of.  Take a look at this You Tube video that my friend Kyle Lacy turned me onto.

I know that once you watch this you immediately think that I am insane for telling you to be patient, however, if you remain actively engaged while taking your time to make smart choices that best utilize your core competencies, you will emerge on the other side ready to go. 

Instead of running around in circles, trying to understand, capture, learn, perfect or have everything in this world of lightening speed change, just stay calm.  Your patience will be the calming factor for those who are looking to you for guidance on how to navigate the craziness.  It takes a true leader to do this well. 

When you see articles like this one that features our Partner, Harry Danz talking about the fact that times have been tough in the Indianapolis job market, it can be a little scary.  What you don’t see, however, is that Harry has kept his cool through it all and has led his company through this thing with dignity because he did not panic.  He was patient, focused and determined to use the down time to learn how to do the important things better.  I read in a book once that ‘as a leader there are times to act, and there are times to wait for the right answers to surface".

I will spare you the "patience is a virtue" thing, but I will quote one of my personal favorites…Leo Tolstoy:

"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time."