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Lasting improvement begins with understanding...

One of the most enduring principles I was introduced to as a business advisor, is that improvement begins with understanding. Be wary of the phrase, "we are where we are, and now we just need to move forward". It is often used with good intent but it suggests little interest in understanding how you arrived where you are. The quickest wins I would like to share with you now are 1), stop using the phrase quick wins, and 2), stop seeking quick wins.

It's important to remind ourselves in any situation we are in, that we are where we are today because of decisions made yesterday, not all of which would have been within our control. Making time to understand how we arrived where we are is an important key to unlocking the future we want, personally and organisationally. As we take time to do this we start to see that the issues facing us now are largely the result of decisions made previously and how they were made. It allows us to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past that created our present challenges.  

In short, seeking to understand where we are, how we got here, and what the forces were that brought us to this point, is the best place to start any journey of system-wide, organisational, or self-improvement. Context is everything, and everything is connected.  

However, I know from experience that introspection isn’t always comfortable for people and teams. The culture of some organisations precludes them from looking too closely at past decisions with a view to acknowledging their impact and capturing the learning from them. Expert and objective facilitation can greatly assist in this process.

If you would like to talk with me about how I could help you and your organisation gain clarity about your present position and how to move forward, please use the form below to arrange an introductory conversation...