Leadership corner: Are you
hunting meerkat or antelope?
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By Susan Bagyura -The most powerful animal in the
jungle is the lion. Itís well known for its speed and uncanny ability to hunt.
Whatís the lion's favourite food? Typically itís antelope, zebra, wilde beasts,
and other large animals. There are lots of animals a lion could eat: meerkats,
snakes, lizards, small animals and birds. However, the lion knows that these
animals don't offer a large enough reward for the time, effort and energy which
would be expended to hunt and capture them.
In fact if a lion tried to subsist on a diet of meerkats, it would slowly starve
itself to death. Lions hunt in prides, working together as a team. After a
successful hunt, thereís enough food for all. Food for the hunters, the young
cubs, and even for the ones that are too old to hunt.
I have a client, Michael, who thinks of himself as a lion. The king of the
jungle. He has a lot going for him as he's bright, committed and incredibly
talented. Further he knows his business inside and out.
But he has a huge problem. He's not making the kind of money he knows he's
capable of making. He puts in lots of hours, starts early, stays late, works
weekends, but never seems to get ahead. He called me one day and asked for help.
Once we started working together, the reasons why very quickly became apparent.
He was running his business and managing his time poorly. It was as if he were
hunting meerkat instead of antelope. Michael was spending his days doing things
that kept him busy instead of doing productive things that would move him closer
to achieving his goals.
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by Susan Bagyura
(Susan Bagyura, a leadership coach and business
consultant, works entrepreneurs in the essentials of starting a business and
developing the business mindset. The audio to this article may be heard at