Splashing through the mud of business
By Alan Willett, April 11, 2017
"If you are going through hell, keep going." — Winston Churchill
Where I live, in between the snow in the depths of winter and the flowers at the height of spring is mud season. On one trail that we often frequent is a number of long stretches full of the type of mud that can suck the shoe off your foot. The first time I approached this section, I delayed, I fretted, I planned, I wished for a bridge. No amount of prep prevented getting muddy feet.
I see this happen in businesses as well. There are always spots in projects that are downright messy. Re-organizations can create a long stretch of muddy waters a project team must navigate to ensure success. New ambiguous requirements may arise pulling at your sneakers slowing you down. The clients you expected to buy your services may suddenly have other priorities.
For my walk, I suppose we could build a bridge. However it is not needed. When we approach these spots now we just wade through. We have learned to be prepared mentally for the mud because Mud Happens.
Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,