If you work at corporate America, I know what you are thinking. I must have lost my mind.
I used to think strategies are king. But let me explain why I changed my mind.
I worked at a startup where new strategies popped up every month. But most of them fell through cracks.
The point is, execution is pretty damn hard. Don’t forget that.
Have you ever wondered why you thought you came up with a brilliant strategy at your company/department, but your boss didn’t seem so intrigued?
Strategies are cheap. Getting them implemented is the hard part.
Here’s the thing: when you put a presentation together and try to convince your boss, it may not be easy.
Now think about your boss who might have to convince 1000 employees that your strategy is correct and to change their daily routines to implement this strategy. And do so for 365 days.
Even at a 20-people startup, implementing a new strategy is challenging.
Some of you probably even have a hard time trying to convince your wife that she doesn’t need another pair of shoes or trying to convince your kids that they should eat more broccoli than candy.
Now we’re getting somewhere.
Keep in mind, your boss/wife/kids’ attitude towards your strategy/idea/advice reflects the challenge in execution.
A better question you can ask your boss is, "I think X makes sense, but do you see any challenges from an execution standpoint?"
It’s one thing to have a killer strategy that makes perfect sense on paper (but impossible to follow through due to many reasons at a company), but it’s a different matter to have a strategy that’s not perfect but easier to implement.
A real world is filled with realities and compromises; it is a world where your boss’s decision impacts 1000 employees, a world where your wife spends money on her stupid shoes, a world where your kids will cry when they see broccoli nearby.
So why not start thinking about the practical side of your killer strategy?
It would be wise to ask your boss for his input on the practical implications of the strategy.
This article is originally published on www.democratandchronicle.com.