A few years ago DirecTV had a set of humorous TV commercials based on the idea that a single event can set in motion a series of events that leads to a less than desirable outcome. One of those commercials went like this:
This week we continue on in our focus on the most popular (aka "the sexiest") topic in leadership: strategic thinking. In last week's posting, we acknowledged that strategic leaders not only help unearth great ideas, but they navigate them through organizational gauntlets to get implemented.
Have you ever run into road blocks when suggesting needed changes in your organization? Have you ever had it's-so-obvious-we-should-do-this-that-I-can't-believe-we-even-have-to-discuss-it improvements encounter resistance? If so, there's an important principle to remember that will keep you (1) from going insane and (2) on the path to organizational improvement. That principle is this: the best ideas don't win.
“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” comes to us from poet Robert Burns. This line not only inspired the title of John Steinbeck’s classic novella Of Mice and Men, it also invites us to view our finely crafted leadership plans open-handedly.