All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Making things happen is simple compared to making things happen and then stick.
“Or scale, or grow, or inspire audiences, or lead, or change, or transform or shelve legacy investments. Or get the leadership aligned or prepared to think differently - or agree to solve the real challenge…”
You’ve Guessed It. In Business Nothing Comes Easy
That’s because we’re not good at making all the parts of the problem make sense - all at the same time.
By that I mean we tend to find something fairly obvious - something clear enough to handle and then fix that.
It’s usually wrong and doesn’t work.
That’s because if everyone thinks it’s obvious and clear enough to handle then you will get a lot of help.
We are very attracted to the effects of things and deterred by the causes.
It’s also the case that when you find the thing that’s behind the thing - then you are going to be on your own for a while.
You are the in the minority. You can see it doesn’t work.
You may even think it’s pretty obvious but despair that others can’t see the bigger picture.
We think about all these things better as visuals.
Every Business Challenge Starts With A Clear Picture Of What Good Should Look Like:
Pressing on with any challenge without everyone agreeing with what it is is simply insane.
We’ve proven that working collaboratively to build a ‘picture’ of what that is and what it means to all the different constituents makes all the difference.
Having the clear picture allows teams to defines the shared meaning.
Having the shared meaning ensures that everyone is working toward the same end.
That sounds smart but it’s still shocking how few programs of work start out that way.
2. Once There’s A Clear Intention/Purpose Those Headed There Need A Shared Blueprint:
That picture of the future makes it possible to understand the requirements for solving it or heading there.
It makes no difference what the challenge is.
We always describe that as the ‘exam question.
From that we can wrap the business or situational analysis around it.
3. In Addition To This We Need To Know Who Else Is Involved:
Very few businesses ‘do it’ on their own.
These days partners, experts, stakeholders of all kinds are leveraged to great effect
They make the result more effective and efficient in every dimension.
4. Throughout All The Above We Need To Gather Insight And Make The Connections:
This way of thinking and working means we unearth insight together over time.
This information is live, fluid and ever evolving.
That means it is shifting prior knowledge and understanding.
This is good so we need to constantly model it and appreciate what it’s telling us.
5. You Can’t Go There On Your Own - It Has To be Collaborative & Cocreative:
It’s not that often that someone, especially someone leading one department can make anything meaningful happen overall on their own.
In fact that tends to guarantee that the wrong problems get solved really well.
Being co-creative and collaborative through impartial and objective facilitation and visualisation helps enormously.
6. Making It Stick Requires Different Tools & Techniques:
Sustaining interventions is hard.
If you have collaboration and ownership the chances of making things stick rise.
If you can get ownership and the behaviour and motivation to use some of the new technologies and tools then so much the better.
Sustainability is never one thing.