Most business owners I’ve come across approach their business from the bottom up… “Where’s the problem in my business and how am I going to fix it?”
This is great, sometimes.
Recently I was running a session in my Board of Directors course when it became very clear that the conversation was being approached from the wrong direction, and while people were really engaged in the detailed conversation we couldn’t create a strategy from the bottom up.
We shifted the conversation to simply ask:
- What are we aiming for?
- Is the current market big enough to achieve this?
- What is the best strategy to achieve it?
Within half an hour we’d sketch out a strategy that could never have been created from the bottom up.
There’s a place for both types of thinking, but bottom up only works after some effective top down.
On Monday I attended the funeral of a good friend of mine from medical school, Andy Greer. He died suddenly while working a shift at Christchurch Hospital. He was 40.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of these people who loves failure.
Challenges are a daily phenomenon for the entrepreneur.
Heaven is not wanting to be anywhere else.
That brings out our best.
We’ve all heard the statement, the ends justifies the means.
If you want to do anything extraordinary, it’s likely that you’re going to need to break some rules.
Sometimes, I don’t have anything to add.