Go slow to go fast.

We’ve all heard the fable about the tortoise and the hare. But it’s not just a children’s story. Aesop knew what he was talking about. It seems somewhat counterintuitive, but it’s true: Sometimes, you have to go slow to go fast. This is a common sales theme that most of us have heard before, but how often do you take a deep breath and rest in the truth of it?

We live in the most stimulating, exciting, awe-inspiring and fast-paced time in the history of the world. Think about it: We are experiencing the greatest days on earth. Until tomorrow

And we’ll miss it if we’re not careful, so we have to make sure we work slow and simplify. Our goals shouldn’t be to try and keep up, because that won’t happen. Ever. There’s just too much going on around us and with us and near us and through us. So, as leaders, believe it or not, slowing down will allow us go farther, faster. 

Just ask the tortoise.

There is no secret formula or magical 3-step process that graduates followers into leaders. Innate characteristics, learned behaviors and honest-to-goodness hard work all contribute to making us strong and “followable.” But there’s more. John Quincy Adams once wrote, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” And that is precisely where we stand today – in reach of the opportunity to lead and serve others and inspire them to dream, learn, see, do and become… more. 

But it is only when we take time to take time to connect with our people - clients and co-workers alike, and allow them to do the same - that we begin to share something much more powerful and meaningful than our day-to-day. It becomes about creating and sustaining long lasting, far-reaching, and sometimes life-changing relationships. It is only when you meet people where they are that you might be able to take them where they need to be. 

So, slow down and go faster. Disconnect in order that you might make better connections. And, like always, let us know if we can help.


To learn more about how WildSparq helps organizations implement leader development strategies or to request a free demo, please visit https://wildsparq.com/demo or shoot Josh Etress an email at josh@wildsparq.com.