Choosing the best way forward

A sea chart showing various alternative routesOnce we have found the ten types of opportunity that might exist in any situation we then need to choose a way forward.

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 towards the outcomes you want than an easy path to the wrong results — better to move slowly in the right direction than quickly in the wrong one.

If you are sailing and the winds are currently in your favour it is easy to head at top speed towards your chosen destination. But if the wind is currently against you, you need to tack and jibe: travel in the direction that is possible today, and remain focused on your ultimate objective.

Choosing the best way forward is not only about finding more opportunities — it’s also about choosing the one that is best for you.

In your work, or in your life, are you following the wind or heading towards a destination that is important to you? Do you know the best way forward for now? Is that what you want?

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

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