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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Seize the Opportunity NOW!

"Opportunities multiply as they are seized." - Sun Tzu (c 500–320 bc), Chinese philosopher

Steve Sherlock recently had a great interview with Ronni Bennett about leadership, and I read something that really hit me:

Ronni thinks that the biggest thing is corporate leaders are not focused enough to get things done. Quoting Ronni:

“That's what drove me nuts in the "business" place I worked. There were too many chiefs who had equal say, so confusion reigned. Final calls were not necessarily “final” and any number of people could switch direction of the project even after it was well on its way to completion, requiring weeks - and sometimes months - of starting over. Further confusing and probably contributing to people's lackadaisical attitude toward delivering what they'd promised in the last meeting, was that everyone knew the goal would change at some point, so why bother working at it too hard.”

Interesting closing line. Everyone knew the goal would change at some point, so why bother working too hard. That's tough to swallow for me. Why does the goal change at many businesses? Is it because senior leaders don't set real enough goals to start with, so we need to roll to something else? Is it because too many people that call themselves leaders are afraid to stand up for what they believe in? WHY?????

Or perhaps this isn't true. Maybe this is just one person's opinion.

What do you think? I really have no answers, only questions. I'd love to hear what those wiser than me think about this.

Make It Great!
Phil Gerbyshak

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  • At 5:06 AM, Blogger Steve Sherlock said…


    unfortunately, I can confirm that this phenomenon does occur. In one company that comes to mind, the reorganizations occur so frequently that if an initiative is going to take some time to complete (and for major ones, they do not happen overnight), it is just as likely for the project to get half worked on with the expectation (or hope) that the next re-org will change things and we won't need to do that before the project gets to completion. Needless to say, this does create lots of wasted time and effort, and a negative attitude.


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