This is a replay of a story I heard last week.
Sean was complaining about his boss. It was one thing after another. Bottom line, Sean could not find much positive in the situation. Sean shared this with his mentor and he was told to save his energy. “You should not try sailing when there is no wind” the mentor told him.
Sean did not have the power or audience for his concerns. He was basically campaigning to himself. If he just waited, the wind would return and others would understand the situation. As a leader, we must consider the same idea. Sometimes it is our job to create wind. We see a need and we must create change. Other times, we must observe there is no audience for our concern and we should hold the idea for a better time. It is our job to figure out which is which.
Have you had a great idea at the wrong time? Did you ever wait for the right time and find more success?