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.
When we want something, we are taught to visualise that thing, to focus on that image, until we have it.
There’s almost never a completely clean run.
Sometimes wonderful things take you by surprise, they open a new door.
Have you ever moved into a new house and seen something that needed fixing and thought “I’ll get on to that soon”?
Humans are tribal.
As humans we have an insatiable desire to explain untoward events so we can get on with solutions.
In any field, most of the rewards go to the top 5% of people.
I say please to Siri.
If a turkey were to assess the state of the world in early December, they would be forgiven for thinking all is well and that the farmer loves them.
We often compare today’s performance relative to yesterdays.