Choosing the best way forward

A sea chart showing various alternative routes

Once we have identified the ten types of opportunity that face us, we then need to choose between them.

Peter Drucker had very a clear view about how to do this. 

Drucker was an author and consultant whose thinking shaped the modern corporation and he said:

“Doing the right things is more important than doing things right.”

In other words, when you are choosing a way forward it is better to choose a difficult path towards the outcomes you want rather than an easy path towards the wrong results — it is better to move slowly in the right direction than quickly in the wrong one.

This probably seem obvious. But how many times do we do what is easy instead of doing what is required? How many times do we go with the flow instead of making a deliberate choice?

If the winds are blowing in the direction you want to travel, your decision becomes easy: you sail downwind. But if the wind is against you, it is better to tack and jibe across the wind, moving forward slowly towards the destination you have chosen, rather than simply going to where the wind is blowing today.

Choosing the best way forward is not only about knowing how to find more opportunities — it’s also about having the clarity and courage to choose the way forward that is best for you, even if it seems difficult.

In your work, or in your life, are you going where the wind takes you or are you deliberately moving towards a destination that is important to you? Is the step you are currently taking part of a long term plan?

Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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