Day in and day out, the world keeps changing.
Currents events in the Middle East are causing more people to worry about fuel prices and the stability of certain governments. The introduction of the new iPad2 yesterday is causing more people to think that we are entering a post-PC time period. The US Senate approved another short term spending measure and is causing more people to wonder how anything is actually going to get done at the Federal level between now and the 2012 election. In short, every day there is a new crisis, concern, problem, or opportunity, depending on how you view it. Every day something changes which has strategic implications.
One could feel overwhelmed by all that is happening. There is risk on so many levels. Yet in the midst of analyzing all these strategic variables, we need to pause and ask ourselves two very simple questions, namely “What do I do?” and “What do I do that really matters the most?” The former needs to connect to the strategic plan. The later needs to connect to the mission of the organization.
In a world of constant inputs and potential strategic scenarios, it is important for us to reconnect with the core of what we do. Change may be the constant but stewardship of what should not change is just as important. Before this week wraps up, pause and answer the above two questions. It will help you to refocus on the right things. Being a vision-led and mission-driven organization is the only foundation for handling change successfully.
Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates # 319 - 643 - 2257