Monday, October 31, 2011

BIG's Blog: Magic 8 Ball

As children, many of us played with this magical ball to help us answer our life’s most challenging questions.   

Questions like, “Am I going to make the team?” Or “Is that cute boy going to like me?”  

By turning over the black ball marked with the number 8, answers came to life. We were all looking for an easy way to predict our future.

Does it appear some leaders are still using the Magic 8 Ball to set the path for their organization? During these uncertain times, it may seem like they are using this approach to help them address difficult questions. But, today’s demands on the organization need more than a magic ball. As leaders you need to be alert, flexible and dynamic in order to stay ahead of the changing environment.

It is important to make the right decisions at the right time. Organizational leaders must work together to face the issues of our times.

Essential to the organization success is the ability to identify the right leaders who have the knowledge, skills and experience to act decisively. Leaders must be able to identify critical issues early so they can gather facts, analyze the situation and then discuss possible solutions. 

If aligning key leaders is a challenge for your organization, you may want to bring in a consultant to assist the group in making better decisions especially during these uncertain times. 

“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future. “ -Niels Bohr (1885 - 1962)

I asked the Magic 8 Ball if the quote above is true. The answer, “YES!” If your organization’s future is uncertain, now is the time to act.

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