Keep an Eye on the Exit

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“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”– Theodore Roosevelt


Have you noticed how the most effective leaders exhibit a sense, not of glamour, but of responsibility? They are much less concerned with the opinions of others as they are with staying true to their personal sense of truth, inspiring others by their example, and encouraging others to join them in working toward a worthy common goal.


Such bold, selfless leadership implies a willingness to accept responsibility as much for failure as for success. It reflects an openness to taking risks and pushing forward into unchartered territory. And perhaps most importantly, it reveals to us what it looks like to refrain from allowing ambition to outpace virtue; arrogance to cloud out judgment; or convenience to override character.

Matthew Fritz‘s insight:

Those who have someplace to go, keep an eye on the door that can take them there.  This is doubly true of the movers and shakers who understand that mediocrity is a cancer that spreads.  Keeping an eye on the exit, versus managing the middle for the sake of "going along to get along" is what separates the doers from the sheep.  It’s a conscious choice NOT to accept mediocrity–what choice are you making today?

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Matthew Fritz is a leader and mentor in the field of complex organizational change, emotional intelligence, and organization strategy. A successful DoD senior-acquisition program manager and test leader, Matt has earned documented success in the areas of test and evaluation, assessment, technology development and flight operations. He has specialized experience in cost, schedule and performance management and is an active duty Field-Grade Officer with command-experience in the United States Air Force. Matt is also a certified acquisition professional, as well as a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer/Practitioner. He is the Author of an instructional book entitled, “Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile for Success” and actively blogs with other military leaders at, as well as his personal blog at He and his wife, Stacy, enjoy life with their daughter and son in New Mexico.

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