Welcome to “The Monday MOVE Idea”
This is the first in a series of ideas from my upcoming book MOVE that I will share with you each Monday between now and the release of MOVE in February.
This week: Resource Reality
You can say whatever you want about what your strategy is, but if you want to know what your strategy actually is, just look at your budget.
Remember strategy is not what you talk about or hope for, it’s about what you DO. And your budget reflects what you are actually doing. Your budget tells the truth.
New strategies don’t often come with additional resources. So the resources need to come from something you are currently doing.
The problem is that shifting resources causes conflict — and people tend to avoid conflict. So strategy stalls.
To move your strategy forward you’ll need to accept and work through this type of productive conflict, as resources will never self-optimize behind the scenes. You’ll need to make tough decisions and possibly hurt some people’s projects (and feelings).
I have seen so many organizations sacrifice the successful implementation of their strategies simply to avoid having an uncomfortable discussion.
But getting really clear on resources is what unlocks your organization’s ability to start DOING the new stuff.
So if you don’t make unambiguous decisions and actually change your budget to move resources from existing stuff to the new strategy, your organization will keep doing what they are doing, and your new strategy will stall before it even starts.
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Patty Azzarello is an executive, best-selling author, speaker and CEO/Business Advisor. She became the youngest general manager at HP at the age of 33, ran a billion dollar software business at 35 and became a CEO for the first time at 38 (all without turning into a self-centered, miserable jerk)