The only way to never get there is to never start moving.

27 10 2015

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.  Don’t let yourself indulge in vain wishes.” ~Laurence J. Peter

There’s time for planning for some new initiative, and there’s time to take action.  By the first meeting you have, you will likely have 80% of the potential problems identified, and should be ready to move forward.  For those projects with high consequences for failure, you probably should have a second meeting, after letting everyone think about what can go wrong.  That second meeting might get you to a point where you identified 90% of the issues.  A third meeting might get you to 92%, and a fourth meeting might get you to 93%.

The leadership lesson here is that at some point, you need to stop talking and start doing.  Movement towards a goal might need to be tweaked a little bit, but at least you’ll be moving towards it.  The only way to guarantee that you’ll never reach your goal is to never start moving.  Get a group together, think about what can go wrong, have a plan for how to deal with it IF something goes wrong, and then start towards the goal.

Speaking of vain…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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