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ABC Resolution: sailboats

SAILBOATS

What if you could pilot work like a sailboat, in any water or weather?

During our great Industrial Age, huge ships were the image of success. From ocean liners to oil tankers, big was better. Load them full, crank the engines and set them on their course. But as the Titanic is the perfect metaphor for the supposed unsinkable as sinkable, its inability to perceive a problem, in time to change course fast enough, is a lesson for us all.

Lo, the lowly sailboat. More maneuverable and swift, a sailboat can easily change direction in a windy business climate. Smaller-to-small has many advantages. Steer a small boat and your chance of evading obstacles, like icebergs, is greater. You are forced to tack and make course corrections more often, thereby plotting strategies and visiting outcomes regularly. On a small boat, everyone on board counts. Each role is evident. Contributions to success are clearly identifiable and everyone is of value and important.

There are many types of sailboats. Some are easier to rig and some easier to sail. Some carry extra sails to unfurl before the wind. Others have the ability to keep choppy waves from breaking over the sides and some are better balanced for calmer waters. Smaller, easily maneuvered boats are best for the flexible, agile and mobile work of today’s businesses. Pick your boat’s style and rigging with conscious intent. The set sail. The tide has turned.

resolve to: catch the wind

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Using sailboats as an analogy is an old, but still valid tool. Besides choosing the boat style, rigging and sailing the boat, sometimes the most important and hardest part of any voyage is the point where you set sail. Continue reading

elasticity

ABC Resolutions: Elasticity

elasticity: February 26 – March 11

 What if you worked as circumstances deemed, not as demanded?

Spring high, low or medium. Be agile, flexible and mobile. Elasticity is a different approach to business movement, giving us infinite options. Elasticity lets us choose time and extent and enables us to expand the envelope edges so fully they reach the outer universe. Now elastic, we can stay in space, bounce back down to earth or rebound into orbit. Elasticity gives us the ability to stretch failures into success and contract capricious fantasies into rewarding realities.

resolve to: exercise resilience