In too many organizations, the conversation about strategy comes down to one simple idea:
“What can we do right now?”
Not, “what should we do right now?”
That’s a problem because more and more in our businesses, the challenges we are facing aren’t about a skills gap, but are more so caused by a decision making gap.
Or, as I like to call it, a lack of focus.
In developing strategies and action plans, it is pretty easy to put together a plan.
It is really easy to decide on the few touchstones or markers that will say “success.”
But all too often, the big challenge comes when you are moving strategy to action.
That’s because that takes focus.
You can’t focus on what you have always done.
You can’t focus on what is immediately in front of you and will scratch the itch of doing something, anything.
Instead, you have to focus on where you are and where you want to get to.
Recently, I had a chance to speak to a group of nonprofit leaders about changing ideas into action.
And, I talked about just this…creating the environment where your good ideas become good actions, focused on leading your organization forward.