In the past, there was this mental trick to ask ourselves, when being stuck or insecure with a biz decision: “what will my successor do ?” “What would my successor decide?”
This trick helps create a mental distance from our own role in the biz or job, which keeps us very close to a narrow lense and thinking. Standing up, moving away from the desk, placing ourself at the door frame, looking over to the desk and then asking ourself: “What will my successor do when taking over this project right now?” is helpful when we´re stuck.
Moving to the door is especially helpful for visual learners, like I am. Getting away physically creates distance and distance offers a clear and rather rational thinking. But time changes!
In the meantime we have to deal with different challenges than “just” being replaced! In the meantime we might keep the biz, or the job and role but we have to change places. A new location challenges our decision making in a different way – it is not about changing the role which is linked to our responsibility, no – it´s rather about moving a whole team with the running biz from A to B without any risk or delay.
What do we need to move first? Which desk has to be there first? Who can stop for 1 day without risking the business? Who´s first? Who follows next? If the team completely moves on 1 day, then you need a plan and someone who takes care it´s becoming the reality. TIME is the answer – the date is relevant.
Remember, any time we have to decide something, we should think of the 4 RISK factors (MINT)
I point at in one of my video-clips: important?
MONEY – IDEAS – NETWORK PARTNERS – TIME
When moving a team to a new location the TIME factor is most relevant. The DATE is what you have to decide about first. Set a goal and choose a date/week. That´s your target!
All other activities concentrate on this TIME factor! It becomes the headline and it is the orientation within the decision processes of the relocation project. It´s like the fix North star!
The Take-Away today is: think about the 4 RISK factors “MINT” and choose the one which has to become your orientation. That will be the headline for the whole project!
This trick helps linking all other decisions to and that keeps a new process smooth and running.
BE A DECISION MAKER. BECOME OUTSTANDING.
rita jaskolla – Leadership Architect