One of the critical, even primary, tasks of a leader is directing the energy and attention of your team. I don’t mean to discount your need to create a strategy, but it never works unless you execute it throughout the ranks of your organization. As a coach of fast-growing businesses, I often hear executives talk about moving fast with phrases like, “I got it. I got it, let’s move to the next thing.” They tout their organization as one that moves more quickly than others – sort of a high-speed rail of business development. The underlying truth is that in order to really “got it” you must slow down. That’s right, slow down to move faster.
Slow down and think more about implications, direction, investment of time, energy, resources, you know … strategy. And then you should move fast on what is determined. Don’t let urgency or a rush to check off items on a list mislead you to think that your company is moving fast. This is actually doing fast, but often doing the wrong things. Let’s examine some ways to answer the question, “Have you really got it?” when it comes to strategy implementation.