Don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone

Hindsight can be a shit of a thing. Missed opportunities, lack of experience and general misunderstanding of situations can all come to light once the situation has immediately passed. With hindsight, the popular refrain — you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone — can become familiar.

At some point in our lives, we’ve all experienced this. We know what it feels like to think back to previous situations and with the value of hindsight, wish we had done things differently — reacted more calmly, taken initiative or told your supervisor what you really thought.

However when you’re in the middle of the experience, it can be hard to navigate the best way forward. Emotions can cloud judgement, reasoning can be led astray and general misunderstanding of all the different dynamics at play can be overwhelming.

Especially in the workplace, understanding these organisational dynamics in the moment is key. Once you realise how there are so many different factors to leadership and how these all influence each other, you can start to see a way forward and understand the actions you as a leader need to take.

Understanding the situation in that present moment, drawing on the experiences happening in the now and then taking action is the mark of a great leader. It’s not easy, it can take some time and some own personal reflection, but if you are dedicated to bettering yourself and your team, awareness in the present is essential.