Richard Martin's Monday Morning Brilliant Manoeuvres -- 27 May 2013
May 27, 2013
Act on what you can influence and control at this time.
If only I had complete control of the situation I could do something to improve it. Unfortunately no one, not even the most powerful CEO, can ever have complete control of a business situation. Its critical that managers and executives at all levels of a company identify what they control and what they dont. They must resolve to act on those things they control while influencing those they dont. Im working with a company and this is exactly what Ive told one of the managers who is responsible for one of its divisions. Hes been recommending a de facto merger with another division for over a year, in the interests of increasing efficiency and effectiveness and improving performance. However, its taking too long in his eyes. I asked him to take a serious look at what can be done to integrate operations and sales with the other division without changing the legal or organizational structure of either. In other words, what positive actions can he take now to improve the situation based on what he and his colleague in the other division can control? Theyve decided on a common plan and will start implementing it as soon as possible. They dont have to wait for permission; they are fully capable of making these improvements now. It may not be the ultimate solution, but its the best one at this time.
Time is the ultimate resource. Brute speed can compensate for time and resource limitations. It can also provide a surprise factor thats crucial to business success.
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