There is a valuable strategy lesson in the (very brief) personal story below, please stick with me for a minute…
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Did you know the guillotine was invented to support a humanitarian, social justice mission? Neither did I… http://inventors.about.com/od/gstartinventions/a/Guillotine.htm
Make no Mistake, Mistakes Will Be Made
Executing strategy means that occasionally you will have to learn from your mistakes after you’ve made them instead of spending all your time planning in hopes of avoiding mistakes altogether.
1. If you truly believe in your mission, don’t be apologetic about it. Be willing to “fight” for it when necessary. That is where true leadership begins.
2. You can’t expect your team/employees to fight for your mission if they don’t know what the mission is. Clarify your purpose. Communicate your purpose. Repeat as necessary!
3. Sometimes “fighting” means reacting to conflict and opposition. Other times it just means being positive and proactive rather than passive.
4. Strategy without execution is nothing more than daydreaming. Get moving. Make mistakes. Take your knocks. Learn from them then get back up and keep fighting.
As always, I invite you to add your thoughts and comments.