We continue our series, looking at creating clarity in your organization. Concepts are based on The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni.
What does your company need to do to succeed? The most common answer is to work harder, adopt cutting edge technology, embrace innovation, and build a better product. The truth is none of the items in the typical answer guarantee success. Hard workers won’t always get to the level to which they aspire. Many innovative technology offerings don’t make a difference in the world. And we all know that the world won’t beat a path to your door just because you have a better mousetrap.
The question of how you will succeed requires a specific plan. What specific actions will you take to ensure success? Write the steps down with a deadline. What will you stop doing to make room for what you need to succeed? Write these actions down also.
FortyFour-Three: How Will We Succeed?
The following are things that FortyFour-Three will do to succeed.
What we will do:
- When there is an opportunity to learn – we will take it.
- When there is an opportunity to help someone finish a project that they are struggling with – we will join with the organization to ensure the project is complete
- We will make sure that we always make a profit from our work so that as a company we can survive to help another day
- We will teach people to do what we can (project management and automation.) We believe that it is essential that every non-profit organization knows how to manage projects well for themselves. Organizations doing their work doesn’t decrease the need for our services; it merely grows the pie.
What we won’t do:
- We will not work for free.
- We will not compete for work with companies who are competing on price.
- We won’t take on work that we do not believe we can do or learn to do, with reasonable effort.
I have to admit that I didn’t realize that our formula for success was this simple.