Posts Tagged ‘knowing versus doing’

Day 55 How to Lead by THE BOOK: The Power of Doing!

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Oftentimes an attendee to a workshop I teach will tell me afterward, “I really didn’t hear anything new today, but it was good to be reminded of what I already know.” I normally reply:

“It’s great that you know these things. How often do you do them?”

That’s when they break off eye contact and begin making excuses!

As I write, How to Lead by THE BOOK: Proverbs, Parables & Principles to Tackle Your Toughest Business Challenges, there is no question in my mind that many readers will beat themselves up a bit as they read strategies they’ve heard before but haven’t applied. The pain of their neglect results in performance plateaus and mediocre outcomes. And that’s a good thing, because frustration and disgust can be terrific motivators! When you realize that you know better, the next step is to do better! In fact, knowing is nothing! Life rewards action! Life doesn’t reward your wisdom, experience, credentials, or knowledge. If you want to get greater results in your business or life, you’ve got to get up off your knowledge and do something!

Biblical principles espousing the importance of doing what you know are many. Jesus said in John 13:17: If you know these things blessed are you if you do them.

In John 14:21 He declared, He that knows my commandments and does them, it is he who loves me. Isn’t that an interesting comment?¬† Many Christians think that loving God is enough and that their works don’t really matter. But Jesus teaches that you can’t choose between loving and actions, you must do both! He makes clear that to really love Him you must do what He says! In other words, knowing is never enough! There is only power as you do!

One of your most persistent challenges as a leader will be to close the gap between knowing and doing. You normally don’t fail to reach your potential because you lack knowledge. Rather, you fall short because you fail to do more of what you already know. In, How to Lead by THE BOOK, I’ll offer a series of steps to help you do more of what you know, and to do so with a consistency and degree of excellence that significantly impacts your personal and corporate growth.

Day 38 How to Lead by THE BOOK: Knowing versus Doing!

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

As a result of the 1,000 presentations I’ve given to businesses over the past decade, I’ve become convinced that for the most part, organizations don’t under-achieve because they lack knowledge. Rather, they fall short of their potential because they fail to do what they already know! It’s not a “knowing” issue, it’s a “doing” issue that causes business plateaus and declines. And even “doing” isn’t enough: It’s the consistency in “doing” the right things, over time, that transforms cultures, people, and results.

I believe that the biggest gap in life, and in business, is the gap between¬† knowing and doing. Thus, it’s incumbent upon leaders to develop the discipline and desire to close that gap. In, How to Lead by THE BOOK, I’ll present strategies to overcome this major business challenge. But even then, it will be up to the readers to apply and “do”, what they have just learned and can claim to “know”.

Interestingly, the Bible never acclaims “knowing.” Rather, it applauds and makes promises to those who do what they know. In Luke 6:40, Jesus said: “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, and not do the things which I say?” John 13:17 declares, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” You will also find that the Bible holds those who know but don’t do, to a far higher standard than those who are ignorant and lack knowledge.

You probably know exactly what it will take to get greater results in your organization: clearer vision and expectations, more consistent training, stronger accountability and the like. The question is, when will you begin to do more of what you already know? Remember: Knowing is nothing! Life rewards action! Get up off your knowledge and do something!