"Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: 'Give careful thought
to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little.
You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill.
You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put
them in a purse with holes in it'" - Haggai 1:5-6.
The prophet was giving the people the word from the Lord and the word summarized a failed and flawed life strategy - or their 'ways' as the Lord described them. They planted, ate, drank, dressed and earned wages, but all of it was never enough to fill or satisfy them. Leaders must not only direct the decision-making process, they must also help formulate a meaningful and successful strategy through which the decision may be safely and successfully implemented. In other words, leaders must be committed to "what' needs to be done, but be flexible and ready to abandon the 'how' the 'what' needs to be carried out and pulled off.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to honestly and ruthlessly evaluate the strategy you are currently using to implement your company's vision and decisions (and for your own personal life as well). Is your strategy working as you intended? Do you need to face reality and shift how you are doing things without tampering with what you need to do? Are you ignoring parts of your strategy that may be working because you did not intend them to work as they are?