Regret is an interesting beast.
This year I learnt something about regret. A very good friend showed me that regret is a normal part of a grief process.
You look back.
You wish you could go back & change something.
You realise you can’t.
You feel sad, disappointed & discontent.
You then reconcile it & step towards tomorrow.
I’ve done quite a bit of that this year. And next year I will post about my regrets after 30 years of pastoring.
But today, here’s my # 1 regret for 2011.
It is not engaging a consultant for our succession process.
We had superb help from friends, our stellar overseers & experienced coaches whom we engaged for different aspects of our personal journey. However a genuine succession consultant who had been through this process would have brought expertise & inside knowledge at critical moments.
Leadership is often a mosaic of various things coming together to make a whole picture.
For me, a consultant was the missing piece in our mosaic this year.
Don’t get me wrong – we have had a superbly successful journey. But why not aim for the very best?
So regret is actually a good servant that teaches you a better way.
So what’s your biggest 2011 regret? Tell someone … it helps.