If you are leading an organization, it seems there are three main speeds you should be going.
- Experimenting — new ideas, creative thought, innovation
- Focusing — paring down the projects and efforts to get to our clear mission
- Executing — moving forward toward that mission
The trouble seems to come when we’re trying to do all of them — or none of them — at the same time. That’s when we get distracted and lose our way.
Staying focused on one of those speeds at a time is more than difficult enough. Now think about being able to cycle through them in the life of an organization when you know you either need new ideas or to find a focus or to make good on that mission. That takes remarkable leadership.