Everyone seems to be tightly programmed these days, with very little leeway to adapt or change their schedules. Then suddenly there’s a “Big One”. Some sort of event arrives that wreaks havoc and throws a wrench into the best-laid plans. This week, it’s the weather. Here in North America a massive winter storm is ramping up. Some major airports have already closed. Appointments are being re-scheduled. Travellers are re-routing. Logistics companies are adjusting and adapting. Cities and towns are preparing their emergency response teams and activating contingency plans.
As strategists, we encourage clients to look to the future. We encourage them to make a plan, and work the plan; to avoid being sidelined by distractions. But as facilitators and moderators, we also know that sometimes the way to the goal is not a straight path. We need to be willing to take a detour; to follow a different route than we had originally planned. We’ll get the answers we need, eventually, but often not in the way we expected. So over the next few days, if Mother Nature is blocking your path, think about the detour, and what opportunities you might discover if you take a different route to achieving your goal.
Megann and Steve