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During my sailing days, voyage planning was one of my core duties as a navigation officer
One of the things we used to do was to mark the “Point of No Return (PONR)” on the navigation chart, when a ship is about to enter an important leg of a voyage
Point of No Return is that place after which the ship is “committed” to proceed on voyage
Once you cross this, it is not possible to retrace the original track due to various factors such as insufficient water depth
PONR is also a technical term used in air navigation, implying the point on a flight beyond which, an aircraft cannot return to the airbase from which it took off. It is committed to the flight
Why am I telling you this ?
Because this is also applicable to the practice of leadership, especially when you are driving a change or fighting for a cause
The Point of No Return (PONR) signifies a moment beyond which, THERE’S NO LOOKING BACK
You are 110% committed to the cause, come what may
It’s like an imaginary line you need to cross, and once you have crossed it, YOU ARE ALL IN
YOUR SKIN IS TRULY IN THE GAME
Crossing the PONR can help build momentum
It can motivate and bring your teams together to push for the cause
The problem today is..
Many leaders don’t push and challenge themselves or their teams to reach this PONR
You play safe, you don’t take chances
That’s because on this side of PONR, there’s nothing to lose. There’s comfort and safety
But once you cross the PONR, there’s a lot at stake - your credibility, your word, your reputation
That’s why you prefer to play safe
Crossing the PONR needs courage and a strong sense of belief
It needs you to make powerful decisions and declare your intentions
Over to you
What prevents you from crossing the PONR ?
Want to lead boldly with courage ? Let’s connect !!