I was reading an article recently on the retirement of the University of Florida’s Athletic Director, Jeremy Foley. Foley is finishing up a forty year career at UF.
You can well imagine the number of people Jeremy Foley has had to fire over the years. Of course he’s not always made the perfect decision when hiring and firing, but based on the school’s success, he’s been right far more times than he’s been wrong.
One of Foley’s sayings is, “If something needs to be done eventually, it needs to be done immediately.”
You will often find that to be a characteristic and trait of exceptional leaders. They see what needs to be done and they do it immediately.
You as a leader know there are things you eventually need to do, but for whatever reason you keep putting it off.
You know there are people you need to eventually replace. If you know you need to eventually replace them, then you need to do it immediately.
You know you need to eventually change your pay plans. If you know you need to eventually change pay plans, then you need to do it immediately.
You know you need to eventually get rid of packs. If you know you need to eventually get rid of them, then you need to do it immediately.
There’s a long list of things you know you need to eventually do.
If you want to be a better leader, you would do them immediately.
That’s all I’m gonna say, Tommy Gibbs