How stuck are you in what was true yesterday?  (And by yesterday I mean "yesteryear")  When you think about your key leadership team, are they making decisions based on the new realities…or are they really still wrestling with yesterday’s truths?

Maybe you’re thinking, "huh"? 

Here’s what I’m getting at.  You launched a classical choral concert series 10 years ago (that met a need that existed 30 years before that).  Now you’re committed to the concert series because your choir members love it, your budget is allocated to it, you’ve reserved the dates for the next decade…and you know when to submit the ad.  But the only people who come are the family members of the choir.  And the surrounding neighborhood changed over a decade ago to a demographic niche that isn’t all about classical music.

Can you hear the discussion in the boardroom?  "What new realities?"

Or maybe it’s like this.  The decision has been made (for the 3rd time) that it’s time to get serious and you’ve set about figuring out what you’re trying to do.  But when push comes to shove, and it’s time to think steps, not programs, you’ve found yourself avoiding taking actions that will actually move you to a new trajectory.  Even when you know that without acting you remain on the wrong trajectory.  Hey…maybe it will work itself out!  And you blink instead.

What new realities?

Peter Drucker said, "The greatest and most dangerous turbulence
today results from the collision between the delusions of the decision
makers…and the [new] realities."


Wrestling with New Realities
  • Hello, Mark,
    I really enjoyed this post. The idea of “new realities” seems simple yet is actually what turns out to be difficult for the human condition to wrestle with.
    As a long-time worship leader I smiled at the choral example. Music may soothe the savage beast, but try changing it and you find out quickly that you are the zookeeper!
    And as a long-time consultant, it saddens me when I realize that good people are–for whatever reasons at the moment–unable or unwilling to see what is happening in the marketplace or in the organization.
    It never occurred to me when I started down this path 30 years ago that those of us who attempt to consult with integrity are “reality messengers.”
    Truth is risky business.
    Keep up the thoughtful writing.