Quote of the Day: "If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly." - G.K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936) English poet, novelist, essayist.
Chesterton's quote is packed with wisdom for today's busy, often inexperienced managers. Implicit in the quote is the message upon which Nike built their tremendously successful shoe campaign -- "Just Do It". Make a decision, take an action, DO SOMETHING...
Much of what I see today across a number of businesses, is an unwillingness to make decsions--and act upon those decisions.
We live in a business culture in which the "decision makers" are often "concensus seekers"--which can be good--if the consensus is acted upon. Many times, the consensus decision gets put on "the back burner", while the organization continues to rally around yesterday's ideas.
Exciting slogans do not equate with decisive actions in the marketplace. Leaders are action-oriented...not falling prey to the illusory safety of "analysis paralysis".
To any mid-level managers reading this post, I would recommend that you read the classic work by Dr. Laurence J. Peter--The Peter Principle. Written in 1969, this tongue-in-cheek evaluation of business still resonates today.
The Peter Principle book has attained such renown that The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as "The theory that employees within an organization will advance to their highest level of competence and then be promoted to and remain at a level at which they are incompetent."
Read it, and you will never look at your company, your colleagues, or your opportunity for advancement in the same way after reading this book.