You’re launched, you’re in the air, you’re start-up strategy worked…and now what? In Seth’s post today he talks about how most businesses don’t fail dramatically. Yeah, there are the big splashy failures like Enron, etc., but they’re nowhere near the norm. And they failed much earlier in the way that Seth’s talking about anyway. I like his idea that although "Organizations fail slowly. They often succeed fast, though. That’s where the remarkable comes in. So, if I had to summarize it: You take a big step up… by being bold. But you avoid a slow death by getting every little thing right." That is really on the right track.
Question: Can you take a look at what you’re doing and identify the fixable issues and then just do it? Just fix them? There was a great post over on Scott Hodge’s blog yesterday about what sounds like a helpful book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. There were several interesting ideas in Scott’s post. I really liked this one on his main learnings from Getting Things Done:
"And then there’s the 2 minute rule that says – if it can be done in 2 minutes or less, do it now! If not, either delegate it or defer it. But never, ever ignore something that can be done in 2 minutes or less."
If we applied a real dedication to the things that were just not good and "got every little thing right" could we avoid slow failure? I think so. Let’s start!