Once we have found the ten types of opportunity that exist in any situation we then need to choose the best way forward.
Peter Drucker was an author and consultant whose thinking shaped the modern business corporation. He had very clear opinions about what that best way forward should be. He said:
“Doing the right things is more important than doing things right.”
It is better to choose a difficult path that will take you imperfectly towards the outcomes you want than to choose an easy path that will bring you the wrong results.
It is better to move slowly in the right direction than move quickly in the wrong direction.
The tools of Chapter 4 of Inner Leadership enable you to gain clarity on the ultimate destination that is right for you.
Once you know that, then like a yachtsman navigating the sea, you can choose the best route to get there.
If the winds are in your favour, you might want to head straight towards your chosen destination at top speed. If the winds are against you, you might want to tack and jibe across the wind until it changes. Each course will not be pointing you towards your ultimate destination, but each manoeuvre will bring you slightly closer to your goal.
No matter what is happening around you now, knowing where you want to get to in the long term is the first, essential step to choosing the right direction for the short term.
Are you currently focused on doing things right or doing the right things? Are you focusing on being efficient or effective?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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