Episode 101:

The Courage to Take Imperfect Action

January 7, 2020

The Courage to Take Imperfect action with Transforming Mission

What’s Your Next Experiment?

Do you experiment? Perhaps it’s with cooking a meal. Or maybe it’s in trying a new workout routine? Or do you stick to what you know and work to get something to perfection before you share it?

While those two questions seem far apart, most of us experiment when it feels safe to do so. Why? There are many reasons. Some of them include wanting to be liked, needing to be in control, long-held examples that it wasn’t ok to be vulnerable. You might take a risk if the gym is empty. Then, you’ll consider a new machine or exercise. Or, if it’s just you and maybe your spouse, you’ll make a meal you’ve never tried before. 

The COurage to take imperfect action quote from brene brown

Leadership and Perfection

When it comes to leadership, many of us take this to the next level, holding back on ideas, information, and resources that could be helpful to others until it’s a “done deal.” All of these examples are examples of the way we seek to protect ourselves from feeling vulnerable. 

So, think about it. When was the last time you experimented with something new? When did you try something that you knew you’d stink at? 

Let me be the first to encourage you to take a risk this week and take imperfect action. 

Tim and I have a conversation about what that looks like for courageous leaders and how we’re trying to model that right now.

Learning from Imperfect Action

We’ve already learned a thing or ten about taking imperfect action. Typos, wrong names, technology snafus, and timing issues just to name a few. We’ll likely revisit this episode to share what we learn at some point. But know, taking imperfect action always comes with learning a few things along the way. 

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