Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There!
Posted by Mike Smith
When managers are frustrated, deadlines loom, issues are urgent or crises threaten, then it’s so easy to be stampeded into taking quick action – under-planned and under-evaluated action.
There’s nearly always time to devise a strategy and plan its delivery. There’s nearly always time to check whether ideas are truly good or merely appear so, whether they can deliver optimal outcomes, or whether a more considered approach can do better. You must resist the pressure to start doing things before you have a plan.
When you haven’t got the time to plan, you either need a plan in the bottom drawer ready to pull out – because you’ve already prepared a crisis management plan – or you need to find a way to defer the frustration, deadline, urgency or threat – even if it is just for an hour or two.
“Just do it” is a recipe for business death, and “Screw it, let’s do it” only works once ideas are tested.
(“Don’t just do something, sit there” is the title of a 1996 book by Sylvia Boorstein – I am not sure who first said it.)
(This post is an edited version of a similar post on Mike Smith’s personal blog)
About Mike SmithPartner in Ethical Consulting Services: www.ethicalconsulting.com; sometime University lecturer; previously Government Relations consultant; before that Labor Party State Secretary in Northern Territory; union advocate with LHMU/United Voice in NT and NSW; hobby – election campaigns!
Posted on September 17, 2014, in campaigning, Change, Culture, Government Relations, how to lobby, Lobbying, marketing, Planning, Strategy and tagged Just Do It, Screw It. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.