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Better late than never?

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Small Business — tracks feedback from small-business owners. We run the poll question each Thursday in our e-newsletter.

Two weeks ago, we asked: What do you think of President Barack Obama’s jobs plan?

  • It’s too little, too late: 53.04%
  • It’s a nice idea, but probably won’t get through Congress: 18.21%
  • It’s a solid step in the right direction: 17.29%
  • I don’t know enough to form an opinion yet: 10.86%

I completely understand the “too little, too late” feeling. According to a recent Rasmussen Reports survey, the economy remains the No. 1 issue on voters’ minds. Whether it’s the president’s plan or something else, when we’re frustrated, we want action; we want whatever is holding us back to get fixed.

But each time I say “too little, too late,” I’m always reminded of another phrase – “better late than never.”  For some individuals, it requires more time to take action.  But when they do — wow! — they really take action.  Learning how to react to decisions in a timely appropriate fashion is important for any leader of any organization.

Sharlyn Lauby is the HR Bartender and president of ITM Group.

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