Colin Powell’s rule #4: It can be done!
This past weekend, one of the producers would ask me if we could change something technically. Each time they asked, I hesitated. I then gave a very lukewarm, middle of the road, “maybe” kind of answer.
At one point in the day, this producer remarked that I kept saying “no” to their requests. Afterwards, we had a conversation about how I didn’t feel like I was saying “no”, but that I was processing out loud while I was trying to get the answer out. The producer understood my point and said we were all good.
Later on, the production team was debriefing the service and I had a change to give the stage manager. I could tell he was slightly hesitant with how to answer, but what came out of his mouth was like music to my ears: “Yep. Got it. No problem.”
As a leader, his get it done attitude was exactly what I needed from him. I realized that he had some figuring out to do, but he had a great first response.
This was so eye opening to me. This is the kind of response my producer needed from me. This doesn’t mean that I say “yes” to everything, or “no” to everything with a quick answer. It means that I respond with confidence and with something immediate. The vague answers I was providing didn’t instill confidence in me or my team and weren’t a great way to get to a solution.
Colin Powell’s rule: “It can be done!” slapped me in the face this week.
How are you responding to requests? How can you look at life through a “It can be done!” lens?
Next rule: # 5 – Be careful what you choose. You may get it.