July 25, 2017

New shape


With growth comes challenges. One of the most insidious … lack of personal growth; when the role increases in size or scope but the incumbent is left behind. It starts slowly so no one notices. Gradually, deadlines are being missed, commitments are unfulfilled, the to-do list is stacking up.

Without looking and without any effort on your part, what was brilliant is now a problem, what you could trust has just become something you have to deal with. As soon as you notice, it’s time to look hard and work things through.

Whenever you’re morphing, the new shape demands new skills and structures. Start with the roles you need and see who fits where. Where there are gaps, the hardest step is accepting reality … you and everyone else. After that, work together to redefine, reposition and build the team you now need.

Skippy strategy: Start with the role, then fill it.