"I'm drawing a blank. Bring me up to speed on what I told you last week so I can get my brain moving on this topic again." This is something that I enter so many meetings as my opening statement. If that doesn't give everyone a great feeling I don't know what will! I have just told them that they may have been important last week, but once we parted ways I haven't thought of or addressed their outstanding issues. The reality is that I spent an hour after the meeting fulfilling their hopes and dreams then orbited over into an equally intriguing situation and never got back to letting them know that the world has been saved and they can continue on even better than before.
Being everything to everyone may appear to be what everyone wants, but the reality is that it frustrates. Frustrates me and them. It is a common theme that permeates Orbitals who jump in and out of areas without staying too long to get caught up in the everyday mess. Just like a sunbeam lighting up the darkness, when you leave an area that light is gone and those remaining in the dark are desperate to have you back. As you make the rounds shedding light and illuminating, the past falls back into darkness.
I liken this topic to being in the middle of a woods on a moonless night holding a flashlight with 1 minute of battery life remaining. You would shine it ahead of you for a few seconds taking note as to what you saw and also possibly addressing the most important obstacles that are in the way. Turning off the flashlight you would then proceed as planned and then turn it back on to repeat the process until you have reached the edge of the woods safely. It is just as important to those that we serve that we don't turn on the flashlight, address a few obstacles, point in a general direction, assure them that you'll be back, and then leave with the flashlight never to return... until we hear cries of help from the darkness.
When you leave the woods at night, keep a light shining.
For much too long standards and formalities, while inherently positive in themselves, have hindered the true value of passion, creativity, and innovation. Hopefully through the topics presented new ideas and ways to change the culture and world around you will jump off of the pages reinvigorating you to take action and lead.