Simple but not easy

This has grown to be one of my favorite sayings over the years and find that it has almost a universal application. 

I joined idegy as President in August of this year and we are now in the midst of 2011 planning.  There was much to do when I came on board and we are still in the process of establishing organizational discipline that will enable us to achieve our goals.  I am constantly amazed when we discuss issues and routinely find the “answer” is not complicated and yet it has never been successfully implemented.  The main reason is that implementation and ongoing management is not “easy”…although it is quite simple. 

In order to achieve your organizational goals you must be:

  • clear
  • confident
  • consistent
  • focused
  • willing to repeat yourself

I think you would agree that on the surface this do not appear to be complex but really try it sometime and see how far you get.  Take 15 minutes and settle on the 1-2 “things” you and your team need to focus on and imagine consistently pursuing those goals for the next 6 months.  What would those things be?  Would you be able to focus on only those things and reinforce to the team on a daily basis the need to drive activities leading to the achievement of that goal?  Could you cure the organizational ADD that permeates most companies? 

Sometimes I believe we have become so conditioned to be on the lookout for opportunities that it transforms our strategy into one of constant re-evaluation which leads to unfocused activities.  Aristotle was credited with saying, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”  That said, answer the following questions:

  • What do you and your organization repeatedly do?
  • Are you excellent at it?
  • Are the things you repeatedly do the things that will lead to attainment of your goals?
  • Why or why not?
  • Whose job is it to drive excellence?
  • Are they doing it?

Simple questions, not so easy answers…

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