You will get in trouble. (Part of leadership is deciding what's worth it.)

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You will get in trouble

Hobson’s choice … the “no-win” scenario.

Stay in leadership long enough, and you’ll face it.

🤔 Delay the release, or deploy an embarrassing defect?

🤔 Miss which commitment? The one to your boss or the one to your client?

🤔 Honor whose technology preference? Your boss’s, or your star team member’s?

Don’t get me wrong. I still believe that most of the time, such choices are false dilemmas. There is a third option — a brilliant and creative one — that will avoid all imagined problems.

And if we’re not careful, we can become so attached to being the brilliant one who finds the third option that we end up not choosing at all.

Sometimes, that default choice has worse consequences than the other alternatives.

You won’t always be able to find that third choice.

None of us are that smart.

Sometimes, you’ll need to be willing to get in trouble in order to take a stand for what you know is right.

But, in trouble with whom?

In trouble for what reason?

When you know your mission and purpose, you’ll be willing to get in trouble with those who don’t understand it as well.

That’s part of leadership.

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