“Instability is chronic; uncertainty is permanent; change is accelerating; disruption is common, and we can neither predict nor govern events. We believe there will be no ‘new normal.’ There will only be a continuous series of ‘not normal’ times.” Jim Collins, Great by Choice
Are you ready for the “not normal” times?
Whether you’re leading change (I bet you are if you’re on this email list!) or reacting to change, or a little bit of both, old models of planning and goal-setting just aren’t relevant in today’s world.
I’ve trained many leaders in agile planning using our “Smooth Sailing in Turbulent Times” model. Amidst uncertainty, we see three responses:
- Goals + No Plan = Drifting Aimlessly (fantasy, wasted energy)
- Goals + Rigid Plan = Anchor (security, but dangerous in certain situations; stuck)
- Goals + Flexible Plan = Smooth Sailing (freedom through constraints; “tacking”)