We elected a new government last weekend. That was a big call. By collectively voting to return a National-led government we had to give some things away – the prospect of keeping our government-owned power companies in full public ownership, a tax system that taxed earnings on all capital profits, and raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, for example.
So selecting something always requires giving up something.
Jasbindar Singh who I often work with, reminds me from time-to-time: “Stephen, if you going to do that, then what will you give up?” A good but sometimes difficult question.
On Friday I made a big call personally. It will involve change including giving some things up. It wasn’t easy and there is a certain amount of grief that goes with the giving up part. For me, I felt that quite a lot, but in life we need to make big calls sometimes – no change happens without change! And when we get the opportunity, it won’t always been when you’re ready for it – in fact there’s a good chance that no change for growth will occur when you’re ready. If you were ready it probably wouldn’t be much of a change.
Tomorrow we start the final module of the Innovative Leader’s GM Programme. It’s a really busy time of the year and those on the programme have to give up something to be there. That’s the nature of preparing for growth.
As for me even though I like change I still find it hard to let go. Logic vs the heart. That’s a big call!