Cars and change
Have you been car shopping recently? We are at a point where we need a new vehicle, so yesterday Pam and I test drove three cars.
Which one should we get?
The problem is that each car is strong in a different area, and we really aren’t clear about our priorities:
Economy, comfort, or flexibility?
Identifying big changes can be like trying to choose a new car. There are probably several important areas in which your organization needs ot improve. Unfortunately, people don’t have the capacity to engage in multiple big changes and continue to work at high levels of performance.
Wise leaders will choose one change initiative to focus on based on the most pressing needs. This makes sense.
However, the strategic approach would actually eschew a big change initiative aimed at fixing one thing in favor of incremental steps that can be applied nimbly in different areas. After three short strategic action cycles (SAC), problem A may not be the most pressing need anymore, so the next SAC can focus on problem B.
I wish buying a car could work like a strategic action cycle!
Do good and be well,
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