I have always been a leader, in various areas of my life, in different capacities. When I am planning it is very important that I make my plans in details so that I ensure I can meet the demands of any given day or on any given project. As I write this text I can cast my mind back to the many times when I have walked into the office and received an email or a telephone call, which means I have to cast aside all my plans for that day, because other issues has come to the fore that require immediate attention and must be dealt with quickly, but carefully.
I can remember the times, because of this, how this has made me frustrated and irritated. But, as I cast my mind back and think: Why does this happen to me? Then I realise, when my well laid plans fall apart, because of the unexpected I realise what a gift it is. The opportunity to become versatile, to get in touch with the creativity of leadership. To solve the problems I have very often had to think out of the box and use my intuition. It is amazing how creative you can be in such a situation. You also realise your abilities as a leader and how creative your team can be.
It offers an opportunity to create a much closer nit team that is even more functional. It allows us to develop and grow. As I am writing this I begin to smile, is this not what life offers? We are always meeting the unexpected, things that have not been considered. Suddenly I hear the laughter of Ascala, and I these words: “If everything always went according to plan, what would you learn, Terry? Your ability to create would not grow.”
It reminds me of the joke. How can you make God laugh? Tell him your plans! In so doing he will show you the plans he has for you, and it is probably not what you expected.