Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April showers

I love April showers.
Wait, I mostly love April showers.
Ok, I love the occasional warm, light shower maybe 2 or 3 times in April (as long as it doesn't mess up my plans).
What I do enjoy is the fresh smell after a nice rain, the grass turning green, and the plants starting to bud and bloom after a long, cold winter.
What I don't enjoy are the torrential rains, flooding, wet basements, satellite going out and changing plans.
But here's the thing- the rains are going to come in the spring regardless of anything I do. But I can make a plan. I know the rains are coming, I just don't know how much. I can hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
Is your leadership like riverfront property? Each spring you start to sweat when the rains come down and the river rises? You get "closer to God" as the water inches toward your home and everything you own?
Or do you anticipate the rain? Build your home above the flood stage? And not sweat the showers?
Good leadership requires preparation - and a Plan B (maybe even Plan C). Enjoy the rain. Anticipate it. Even look forward to it. Because after the showers, come the flowers.