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?