Consequences of Inaction

‘Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity.’
– Vince Lombardi

This quote was in my diary. A diary which is formatted on the basis of the book, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. On one page there is a quote and on the opposite page an excerpt from the book relating to one of the Habits. The excerpt related to this quote is ‘Insecure people think that all reality should be amenable to their paradigms’ (p74).

If you have seen my recent video post and another quote posted in my social media, you can see that I am focussing on the subjects of the impact of our behaviour and action on others and also inaction. It is at the forefront of my mind at the moment, obviously due to our current global situation, and also due to the impacts of others’ actions and inactions on someone close to me.

In my chosen profession it is par for the course that I will be told about the aspects which are working for a business but also hampering it. Unfortunately, there is a propensity for inaction regardless of whether the aspects are positive or negative. This inaction has consequences.

In our businesses, why don’t people, both leaders and team members, act when they see something positive which should be acknowledged, reinforcing the positive behaviour? Why don’t they act when an action or behaviour needs to be nipped in the bud before it gets out of hand and has dire consequences? The answer to that will be different for all of us. I am not innocent. I saw something on the Easter weekend outside my kitchen window which I found abhorrent. I did not say a word and I am disappointed in myself because I didn’t.

Then there are the people who do speak up, often for others rather than themselves. Unfortunately, they then become the one who suffers. There ends up being a negative outcome for them. You would think with all the laws and legislation we have people would consider their actions before they take them and also their choice not to act. But they don’t.

What impact are your actions having? What impact is your inaction having? Are you willing to accept the consequences?

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