March 1, 2021

A formula


Unless you have unlimited resources, committed to a bread recipe means you won’t be using the exact same flour to make a cake.

A plan, a strategy, a formula, a recipe. They’re about what you intend to do, they’re a scheme that gets you from where you’ve agreed you are to where you’ve committed to arriving. If they’re good, they deal with obstacles, staging posts, milestones, they point towards objectives and manage resources. They’re a rallying cry, a flag to wave. They set out where you’re going and what you’re doing.

They also say what you’re not doing.

If the plan says North, that means every other point of the compass is no longer in your sights. You can’t go forwards if you’re hedging backwards, or sideways, or shuffling along with a box step.

Skippy strategy: Decide where you want to go, then do the things you need to do.