March 6, 2011

Leadership Limerick: Go Small to Get Big

To break things up a bit in 2011, I will be offering a leadership limerick each Monday, highlighting an idea or strategy about effective leadership in limerick form.

To grow you may first have to shrink
Which is not what you usually think

But if focus has been lost
Lack of clarity is the cost

Regain it & pull back from the brink

"We've spread ourselves to thin and are being pulled in too many directions."  How oten have you heard people describe their organization that way?

Over time, it's not unusual to lose a clear understanding of core purpose and strategic priorities.  New programs and services have been repeatedly added with few efforts being curtailed or cut.  Everyone is so busy doing things, they forget to ask if they are the right things to be doing.  We end up maintaining what is rather than creating what should be.

Few things are more dangerous than to lose sight of your identity and ensuring all your initiatives are aligned with it.  If yours has become increasingly fuzzy, you may need to step back and reconnect with your core purpose and values (individually or organizationally) before creating any new efforts.  Failure to do so is likely to increase the confusion your members or customers may currently be experiencing.

2 comments:

Ralf Lippold said...

Growing small, step by step, by exponential manner always having your goal in sight - that's what makes big dreams become reality!

Jeffrey Cufaude said...

Exactly. And we have to make sure our dreams are consistent with our core identity or else we are using our energy and resources to move in a less than ideal direction.

Thanks for commenting!