Should every conversation, meeting, project and/or venture be built around a strategy?
Or should it be ‘absent strategy’?
Have you ever reflected on meetings which sang – ones you just ‘hit it off’ with, presentations ‘well received’ that went on to see great relationships and successful projects built – wondered which ones happened without strategy at all, which ones were over-strategized?
Where am I going with this?
I think being ‘on purpose’ holds great value – and yet each time I meet someone with a great story about success in career and business, so often there was some innocuous ‘could you do this?’ or ‘coincidence’ element that was completely random.
Surely there was no strategy at work there …
Or was there? Maybe the other party was the one with the strategy.
Strategy is important – keeps us focused, but in my experience those more ‘strategized’ efforts don’t work out so well. On the other hand, when I have no strategy BUT I am open to opportunity, to the power of suggestion, to brainstorming – then interesting things happen.
So, it’s Monday morning.
What interesting things might happen, might change your life this week?
Are you prepared with a strategy, with a plan – or ready to work with a blank page?
We CAN be highly effective starting with a blank page, but ONLY IF we are really clear about who we are, what we stand for, what we won’t stand for.
Simply put, we are centered, know ourselves. When that is real, on a deep principled level, then we can be of great use to others every way, and everywhere, we turn. With or without a strategy.