Your Oil Light Is On

One of the biggest lessons I and other leaders have learned is, any problem not addressed when you are strong will become a more severe problem when you are weak. In essence, ignored problems will only get worse. It often seems easier to defer a problem rather than deal with it. Because many of us have an aversion to confrontation, we often choose to tolerate an issue rather than confront the issue head on, but this is asking for trouble.

Imagine yourself driving in your car and see your oil light come on, but chose to ignore it. We can safely conclude if this "bury your head in the sand and it will go away" problem resolution tactic continues, you will be replacing your engine in the not to distant future. The point is, as hard as it seems sometimes, the best way to handle a problem is to take care of it now.

There are a host of other reasons, including these:

  • Complacency sets in and you avoid it.

  • The problem only gets worse.

  • Frustration levels increase.

  • Productivity suffers.

Napoleon Bonaparte once stated, "Nothing is more difficult and therefore more precious than to be able to decide."

Leaders often struggle with two primary challenges when trying to make the right decision, they're either making bad decisions or, simply take too long to make a decision. So what can you do as a person, leader, business owner or pastor when you see your proverbial oil light come on?

  1. Don't think that ignoring the problem fixes the problem (think of the problem as your oil light is on).

  2. Find the most appropriate time to address the issue (some may be immediate).

  3. Think of the decision through the lens of your core values (maintaining excellence, integrity, compassion, accountability etc.).

  4. Work on the problem while using it as a teachable moment.

Don't Ignore Your Oil Light!


Kelvin is the author of Audacious Authenticity: Leading and Living With Congruency, a serial entrepreneur, podcast host, retired pastor of 17 years and leadership expert, who provides timeless strategies on building leadership capacity, team synergy and navigating change.

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