So you’re choosing what ought to be in your preferred future …maybe you’ve pulled together a great team and you’ve already brainstormed a lifetime supply of possibilities.  And now you’re ready to begin to whittle it down to what is really the preferable future you want to aim for.  And the question becomes: if it is the right target will it be easy to hit?  What do you think?  Any ideas?

I think the truth is that anything worth doing will take a lot out of you.  It won’t be easy.  So, how will you know the difference between hard to do and not in the cards?

I think it’s the difference between what we might call restraints (things that have to be overcome)and barriers (things that are just not going to happen).  What might be a restraint?  How about the situation where your organization has been operating without a clear strategic target, in the attempt to be all things to all people, and now realizes that becoming effective will absolutely require clarifying what a win is and then determining the steps that will get you there.  Last, you’ll need to wrestle through narrowing your focus.  That is simply a restraint.  You can do it.  It might be painful…but you can do it.

A barrier on the other hand are things you can do nothing about.  What might that be?  I’ll have more on it tomorrow.  In the meantime, what might a barrier be for your organization?


Restraints, Barriers and Determinants