Once we have found the ten types of opportunity that exist in any situation we then need to choose which is the best way forward for us.
Peter Drucker was an author and consultant whose thinking shaped the modern corporation. He had very a clear opinion about what the answer to this question 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 forward in the right direction than to move quickly in the wrong direction.
If the winds are currently in your favour, you might want to head at top speed towards your chosen destination. But if the wind is currently against you, you might want to tack and jibe until that wind changes.
Choosing the best way forward is a combination of knowing where you want to get to, and what the winds and tides are doing. Chapter 4 of Inner Leadership provides you with tools for gaining clarity on all of these and then making your choice.
In your work, or in your life, are you more focused on doing things right or on doing the right things? Do you have an ultimate destination you are pushing towards or are you simply following the wind?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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