Crossing the (decision making) Chasm … Not Quite, Yet
Blog by Julian Summerhayes. 336 words.
If you are not propelling yourself forward then you are rapidly regressing towards a slow and painful death.
Any business, of whatever hue, cannot afford a strategy focused on yesterday’s management led approach. Previously, doing it, doing it, doing it might well have worked – the funnel seemed to fill itself by happenstance – but Now you need leadership. And not just the type focused on a big personality but, rather, one that is focused on making things happen.
Your biggest problem is making a decision.
Any decision is better than no decision, AND YOU BLOODY WELL KNOW IT.
But, of course, you aim for near certainty (“I dare not screw up”) but, in so doing, you place an unnatural stricture on a normalised path to seeing a picture quickly emerge that is different from the past.
In very simple terms, you and practically everyone around you seems unable or unwilling to make a or any decision. You end up with umpteenth open loops which ensures your inevitable frustration with the system.
Stop and focus.
Think about the end result. Don’t get too hung up with how you might get there. Consider and reflect on the important/urgent from the important/non-urgent. If you are always distrated by what lies close at hand then you will never have time to think about your role and career, or the line of action that will drive the most success for the business.
The chasm is real.
You know where you are but you can’t make the leap. The trouble is the newbies entering the market or those that are more, much more, fleet of foot will not only steal a march, they may make any future decision otiose.
My message: Fail quicker.
He who hesitates is t-o-a-s-t.
Quite frankly the longer you dither, particularly about the big(ish) issues, the more likely it is you will hasten your demise.
If you need to change the decision-making function then don’t look for an excuse to do it. The only reason you need is … SURVIVAL.