Circles have their place. Round, soft, perfect in shape, nice to look at…but useless in leadership.
I visited a friend many years ago who owned an Irish Setter dog. He was a lovely dog with long red flowing fur but seemed a little short in his mental capacities. When you let him outside for a run, he ran and ran but always in circles- till he became dizzy and fell down. He did this over and over again.
Circles happen in leadership when we keep throwing the ball to each other and no one ever runs with it.
Circles happen when you are given a responsibility and you don’t finish it. No excuses, you just do not see it through and then it needs to be discussed again. “What do you think and what do you think?” Thinking is a good thing. “Lets talk about it, let’s plan for it.” That’s good too.
But what does that mean?
In real terms, it usually means nothing.The numbers of plans that have fallen on the floor because no one did anything far outnumber the plans completed. Hours and days are lost in planning retreats, meetings and at times even praying when one simple decision would change something.
Now, don’t get upset because I seemed to criticize prayer. Of course we should pray! But then do something after the prayer! Otherwise we are going around in circles.
By the way, God will not do for you what you should do for yourself.
Maybe circles are familiar to us. Maybe they remind us of our playground days when we rode the merry-go-round and the music played and we effortlessly spun around the circle. It’s kind of relaxing and someone else will tell you when to get off. No decision needed.
Far too many planning meetings are like the merry-go-round. Talking, praying, coffee, lunch and lots of fun but still going in circles. In the end we had a good time but nothing was accomplished.
We may be there personally. We talk a lot and do little. For life to move forward, decisions must be made. So make a decision and do something, anything, but do something.
“What if I make a mistake?”
Realistically, you will. Every decision has the possibility of being wrong.
However, it would be much better to make some decisions and move somewhere than to continue life in circles. If you make a mistake, correct it, re-evaluate, get more information and make a better decision- but make a decision.
Otherwise life will go in circles.