Have you discovered Bob Sutton? I mean, I know you’ve been checking out Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths And Total Nonsense, but have you taken a look at Bob’s blog? If you haven’t, it’s definitely time to pop over there and take a look.
In his post today he writes about what he calls the Otis Redding Problem. Can you think what that is? From the great song Sitting by the Dock of the Bay, Redding sang, "Can’t do what ten people tell me to do, so I guess I’ll remain the same.” Can you see where Bob’s post is probably going? It’s a very 7 Practices kind of idea. He’s talking about the problem of having too many metrics to focus on. So many that you can’t really determine what is a win.
I love the idea! The Otis Redding Problem. He also ties in this great Bill Cosby quote:
“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
Take a minute and check out Bob’s whole post. I think you’ll see right away that this is exactly where many of us are. Then come back and let me know what you think!