My problem is that so-called "data from customers" is rarely truth. Data gathering is plagued with problems of research design, random lists, skewed questions, half truth and innuendo disguised as data.
In a recent issue of Dixie "Dynamite" Gillaspie's terrific Daily Dose of Dynamite she brilliantly wrote: "Any success that does not allow you to be fully yourself is not sustainable."
While I agree with Ben Franklin's idea, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail," countless companies have wasted time and money on strategic plans that are collecting dust. People spend lots of time planning but very little time turning those plans into daily actionable tasks. Some suggest that putting your goal in the mirror so you see it every day will make it come true.
It's never the wrong time to de-clutter and simplify. Just as you should bring fresh air into a stuffy house, you can also breathe life into a company to achieve an improved state of success.
It's hard to get a running start on the day without a plan. You don't want to waste your creative morning time wondering what you should do today. If you want to attack your day instead of having it attack you, use this solid strategy.
Never once in my life until my mid 30s did anyone ever (to the best of my recollection) call me "creative." But now, I hear it all the time. So what happened?
There are plenty of people who want to make a difference, but haven't put their vision into action. Contribution is tied to action. You have to actually do something to get anything done.
So often, managers and business owners assume they know how to solve every problem simply because they have had many years of experience. However, experience often leads to decisions that worked in the past, and past decisions are not always applicable in the current environment.
Early in my career, my boss gave me what he called "The 10 Commandments" to personal and team success. It was a laminated, front-and-back, wallet-size card with 10 statements on each side. One side was titled "10 Steps to Accountability" and the other side was "10 Steps to Right Person, Right Place, and Right Time."
Ask any executive and nearly every one will say meetings are their biggest time wasters. As Dave Barry put it, "If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.'"