In the classic children’s story, Goldilocks, hungry and under duress, enters the house of the three bears searching for a bowl of porridge that is heated to her liking. As a leader in your organization, you too must find the right balance. Where does your organization place its attention?
When Goldilocks samples the first bowl, she finds the porridge “much too cold.” An organization with a blank list of key priorities is like a ship without a rudder – simply at the mercy of every wind and current that comes along.
Goldilocks moves on the second bowl. She finds the gruel “much too hot.” Practically speaking, an organization which replaces zero priorities with a hundred priorities still has no priorities. Running around with your hair on fire doing a hundred things may give you a sense of urgency and importance, but in a world of limited time and resources, this will not allow you to get the job done.
An organization can’t be all things to all people. You should concentrate your organization on five to seven key but manageable priorities As Goldilocks finds in her third bowl of porridge, you may find that focusing on just a few key priorities “just right.”
I look forward to continuing our relationship in the next year and beyond, and also look forward to your success stories by implementing these upcoming year strategies.