There are two things every organization must master:
In my experience of working for United Way of Stanislaus County for over five years and leading a volunteer-based program for five other years I have noticed preparation and performance are two things every organization must master.
I will explain each in more detail.
- Preparation: This is what you do to get ready for what you know will happen or for what might happen. Leaders are responsible to be thinking ahead and to be looking to the future. They are futuristic in nature, which is why they are leaders. However, this must mean that leaders not only see the future, but they prepare for it. This involves talking with your team about what is coming ahead, asking them to prepare for what you might see, and starting new programs that might be relevant in the future.
- Performance: This is what you do once it is time to actually do the work. This is equivalent to a football quarterback who has spent Monday through Saturday preparing for the game by watching film, creating plays, practicing them with teammates, and rehearsing in his mind what will happening “in the game” on Sunday. On Sunday, it is time for him to perform everything he has prepared for during the week.
For you and your organization, you must master your preparation and performance. Master them and your organization will have a good chance at being successful and producing good work.