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Results or Excuses?

February 20, 2015

You can have results or excuses. Not both.” -  Jeremiah Kite

I have heard this quote effectively applied to fitness goals, but it recently popped into my head during a board meeting as I listened to a senior leader awkwardly explaining why he hadn’t achieved the expected results in his project. What amazed me was that in a room full of business leaders, his excuses were accepted and left unchallenged.

Results or excuses - Business Strategy - Business Strategy Execution - Innovation Engineering - Winnipeg MB CanadaDon’t get me wrong; I expect roadblocks, distractions, or what we call “death threats” when pursuing any initiative or goal. But I believe there is a solution to every problem, and that is not a lack of resources but a lack of resourcefulness that holds us back.

I read that there is a quote on the office walls of facebook that states “Done is better than perfect.” How often do we get sidetracked or paralyzed by the need for perfectionism and the fear of failure that we hesitate to take action or never fully realize success? We can set the vision, create the plan and establish the goals and KPIs, but without alignment and activating the team to execute with a rhythm of accountability, planning is useless.

If it is important enough to plan for or dream about, it is important enough to achieve.

I believe that we all can do great things. We can have results or excuses. The choice is ours.

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