Shot Clock Violations Kill Urgency

Are you frustrated with cumbersome decision-making? In the game of professional basketball, a turnover results when a team fails to take a shot within the 24 seconds allowed. This built-in urgency is often missing from today’s leaders who fail to see the consequences of their unwieldy and elongated decision-making.

A leader, like a coach, needs to articulate the strategy and make critical decisions in a timely manner. They must leave time on the shot clock for their team to execute. Do you expect to make any progress if you consistently run your decision-making shot clock to zero?

How many turnovers are you committing due to your own inaction?

  • You over-rely on consensus instead of identifying the true decision-makers or even exerting your own authority
  • You fail to understand when the possession arrow points to you and others are stalled awaiting something you promised
  • You are blocked by the indecision above you, failing to articulate your needs and their urgency
  • You passively let crisis dictate priorities instead of systematically driving improvements

Own the statistic and leave some time on the clock for your team.

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