In The 4 Disciplines of Execution, the authors talk about the whirlwind – or “your day job.”
As I read the book, I had a nagging thought…
I think they are letting executives off the hook.
Why aren’t they asking what the executives are willing to give up to go after the wildly important goal?
Conversations around projects are about getting the project done.
I don’t see many questions about what life is going to look like AFTER it’s done.
Get the project done. Celebrate (maybe). Move on to the next thing.
Then they wonder why they aren’t seeing the expected business benefits.
Furthermore, projects are often conceived and expected on top of everything people are already doing.
The cult of “more.”
Do more. Have more. More productivity. More “lines of business.” More customers. More services. More more more!
Oh yeah, and with the exact same resources.
Then they wonder why their best employees leave and the rest have crummy attitudes on a good day.
They wonder why they can’t reach their goal.
You keep adding.
You don’t provide any wiggle room to allow your people to adjust.
How adaptable are YOU when you are stressed out and tired?
And if you answer “very adaptable” – time to get an outside opinion. You likely won’t like what you hear.
The authors imply that by focusing on implementing the 4 disciplines and a wildly important goal with appropriate measures, focus takes care of itself.
And it might.
I think we can do more.
If we are leading a team, the least we can do is help that team gain some bandwidth to adjust to change.
Their resistance is valid.
Are you just adding on?
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