There are times in life when you have to retreat – pull back from your ideal in order to focus on your core responsibilities. Circling the wagons isn’t always the most fun strategic move, in fact, it’s often very difficult both emotionally and by it’s very nature, but it is an essential skill for any leader.
To circle the wagons, you have to know what your core is. There are priorities, and then there are PRIORITIES. What are the priorities in your life that absolutely can not give? What are the responsibilities that must not be delayed when the going gets rough? Thinking through these questions before you really need the answer will accelerate your ability to pull back, stabilize your situation, and circle the wagons. If you’re prepared, you may find that circling the wagons for a period of time might just be one of the most powerful acceleration strategies.