December 24, 2016

Scraping through

Old bike

Every project, every year, there are things you just about get away with. Scraping through the gaps with just enough integrity to move on to the next thing. That’s ok. It happens.

Assuming that’s not the way you like things – that a little more margin makes life more interesting, that it’s the exception rather than the standard MO – there’s the question of next time.

How will you see the signs earlier, realise the gaps are narrowing, and do something about it? What can you do now, so when things close in, you’re more manoeuvrable and can avoid the tight corner?

More or different people? Better intelligence? New processes? Deeper contingency? Fewer projects? More planning? Greater clarity?

Where to start? Accepting that doing things differently means sacrificing the way you’ve done things in the past. So let’s talk about that standard MO.

Skippy strategy: Getting something different, means doing something different.