Process vs Immediacy – Are you stuck?

In life we recognize that we all have a process we may experience in our daily routines be it at work or at home.  We also have a choice to whether we stay in a process or we make decisions to take action and get things accomplished.  May I ask… do you stay in process (the comfort zone) and possibly either miss out on failure or even the experience of sweet success.

As a Servant Leader I often observe that we get hung up in the ‘process’ and not really focus on how we may serve another by listening and communicating  in a way the follower will get out of their process.  Some may refer to this as a comfort zone. 

It is easy to hide while in ‘the process’ and most of us would admit being or staying comfortable is a goal.  I would ask you to look inside and see if your process gets more comfortable than necessary and you avoid engaging.  Do you put off the real issues which keep you from your really big goals and objectives?  This is not the same as procrastination.

In leadership and specifically when leading by example we want to set the standard demonstrating engagement in both process and accomplishment.  Those in your company and community are watching you as you gather information and make decisions.  As a leader you often can dig yourself into process or trust the information from those you trust and make decisions.

When you are too deep in process are you really listening and observing with an open heart and mind?  Are you truly engaged with those you lead?

Remember, process is good and mainly for application to projects where as leadership is service and guidance of human beings.

Let’s take a look at the meanings of both Process and Immediacy.

Process_ a series of steps taken in order to achieve a particular end.

Immediacy_ the quality of bringing one into direct and instant involvement with something or someone.  Giving rise to a sense of urgency or excitement.

I often ask my clients two questions:

What do you want?

What are you willing to do to get there?

Knowing what you want is the first step and certainly begins the process we encounter when deciding what to act on.  Having clarity in this area is necessary so you can develop the plan to achieve your want.

What are you most excited about?  What qualities will you draw on as a leader to help those around you get what they want?

The key to achieving what you want is your desire or willingness to get there (or serve others to find their way).  That is were immediacy places a strong factor in your success.  Being involved too long in process may be safe and keep you comfortable.  Now try following what excites you and keeps you alive.  See how BEing more immediate may get you there and with a huge smile on your face.

I’ll see you where the smiles and sun are the brightest!!

Greg