What happens between zero to something? Many things.
If want to do something, you should be able to accomplish it in 90 days. Beyond that and you are still thinking about, nothing will happen.
1. The courage to forge ahead;
2. Having the right mindset and behaviors to start and sustain;
3. Imperfection is okay;
4. Removal of distractions and unnecessary obstacles;
5. Be convinced of the merits of your endeavors;
6. You are accountable first to yourself and your family. Stop listening to the voices of those that do not matter in the end.
In the final analysis, if you are able to start. Ask yourself, are you afraid to succeed? and/or afraid to fail?
There is no harm in trying but it is better to learn and make mistakes now, than not try at all.
Don't be the 80% who knows what to do and the importance of doing it, but don't do.
Imagine a balloon. It expands and once it reached its maximum point, it will stop expanding and start exploding.
Rapid, unbridled, uncontrollable growth creates pressures and issues for the organization. Capacity is over-stretched than normal, new needs are required to make it successful. There is a tendency to forsake other boring functions in the organization to service the change which had left a huge demand for management and staff. A huge imbalance threatens order and stability. The management is left to fend for itself to put back a new normal of arrangements. In short, caught with its pants down.
When times are great, they roll and frolic, not making/creating strategies that will outlast the growth in a measured way. There is a tendency to ride on the high wave unaware of the risks and threat, but when the wave disappears leaving the organization unable to sustain the growth. They crash into the shore with battered limbs.
It can be a major capital gain, major project, a business partner that has to be serviced, a new donor with high demands, program scope creep, new acquisition, etc. Anything that has been committed and is eating a major chunk of organizational resources without clear and compelling alignment to the overall business strategy.
This is an unsustainable and non-desirable growth that you don't want to have.
Be careful when you wish for growth. Only with the alignment to strategy can you justify investing in more and more for far greater returns.
For business owners, corporate management, Boards and Directors of non-profits,
this is a continuation on the series on the fundamental questions that relate to the over-all strategy of the organization.
What key issues do you want to address?
This involves an analysis of your key drivers of successes, your main challenges, and the kinds of environment the organization is up against.
This is also involves strategic thinking not planning as the latter is mere extrapolation of the present. It wont get you any where.
This is also about considering what key issues are vital to the success of the strategy as well as issues that the strategy is fundamentally rearranging, addressing/resolving.
Remember a strategy is a forward-motion vehicle to your destination. It doesn't have a reverse gear!
A lot of people worry about getting their projects off the ground, getting the products out to the customers, getting their grants approved by donors, and getting the right partners to their business deals. These worries do no do them any good, or even helped them get to their objectives. The more you worry the less you want to proceed.
Why not, commit now and let it fall where it falls. You wont get shot when committing. By committing you are fully allowing yourself to take on the task with full heart, mind, and determination. Things will fall into place at their own alignment. The rest will be another chapter to deal with.
Remember, there is no such thing as perfection, only excellence.
If organizations make decisions on the basis of what others will do, say, react (violently) against them for making those decisions, these leaders should be vacate their positions.
For one thing, their decisions should be based on facts and observable evidence. Their decisions should be guided by a rationale and logical criteria or a set of guidelines that the organizations should abide by as part of their mandate, terms of reference and business strategy.
To discuss the risks involved in decision-making, it is all about probability and impact. The probability that their constituency will be irate and will tear their door and /or the decision will cause havoc in the community should be taken in proportion. Who are these people, how serious will the impact of this decision be?
To hide under the guise that people will see this as partiality, special treatment, or favoritism is nonsense. Open your meetings, create guidelines, stick to your mandate, and weigh risks objectively, not as something to be afraid of rather than to determine if its actually an issue.
If you see ghosts everywhere, you might not want to get out of house or your room. It's the same thing as those leaders who cant and wont make a positive decision because they see things that do no exist.
Fear-based decision-making is the worst of all. The default is always a No.
Abraham Maslow said "if all you have is a hammer, everything that you see is a nail."
Very true. We have a cognitive bias for that one skill, method, approach, thinking, acting, doing. We think that it will solve all the problems in the world or perhaps in our household.
If organizations are one-trick ponies, not capable to adapting and innovating to the changing times, the hammer that they will be using will become obsolete (including the nail) one day and that is the end of their utility.
Learn to adapt to the new needs, ride on the wave of new needs. or create the need itself, then think about how your organization can service them.