"Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand—a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come" - Joel 2:1-2.
The prophet in the book of Joel was alerting Judah to an impending disaster due to their lax spiritual ways. He was urging the people to take steps to prepare for the coming onslaught of enemies. Effective leaders help their organizations see opportunities in the future and begin to prepare to take advantage of those opportunities. Those same leaders also help their companies see threats to their operation, vision, and goals, and take action to avoid those threats or to minimize their damage. This involves foresight—leaders must be able to read current reality and see into the future—and persuasion—being able to convince those who cannot see the danger that steps must be taken to prepare for anticipated problems and downturns.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to bolster your organization against threats to its work and existence. Give some thought to scenarios that can help your organization prepare for the worst—and the best. For example, have your team work on budgets that reflect a 20% or more drop in revenue. Then prepare one for a 20% increase. Do some succession planning in the event of the sudden loss of a key leader. Help your team consider some negative and positive events and then help them anticipate their response to them.