Each day you juggle myriad matters of varying importance and urgency that demand not only your attention but decisive action.

Your skill at handling these issues will greatly affect how others perceive your leadership acumen.

One way you erode your success as a leader is when you act as if you are ignoring the proverbial elephant in the room.

Your actions, or inactions, can scream out to others that you are sidestepping responsibility: avoiding situations that need to be resolved, failing to state the obvious in a meeting, conveniently forgetting to raise a concern, and staying quiet when you should be voicing an objection.

When you do not hold yourself accountable, your inevitable losses will include trust, respect, overall value, and client mandates.

And the longer you delay acting, the bigger the 5,000 pound elephant in the room becomes.

There will always be an elephant in the room. To succeed, recognize and acknowledge the concern, then own and deliver your action.

Tune into After It Rains, video #47, and find new ways to manage adeptly and lead responsibly and decisively.

Let it rain.

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