Predictions for Your Leadership Challenges in 2017

Here are my predictions of the top four leadership challenges you will face in 2017.

  1. A very important project you are leading will be under intense time pressure.
  2. You will have requests come in that people will want you to do with no cost to the schedule.
  3. You will be given other priorities to deal with and once again, with a desire for no impact to that very important project.
  4. Many of the requests you receive will be very important on one hand, and yet quite ambiguous on the other hand.

As you can see these predictions were quite easy to make. Yet, why do so many leaders complain about things that are as certain to occur as a snowy day in Ithaca, New York. Instead of complaining, it is more productive to be prepared with a warm coat to wear and, my preference, hot cocoa to drink.

The real challenge for you is not the inevitable obstacles, the challenge is to respond to them with style.

Anticipate and be prepared. 2017 is here.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,
ALAN WILLETT