Breaking Strategy Limited

Many business managers and leaders are working long hours, and if they don’t, the intensity of their work is enough to send them to intensive care by the end of the week. These often result in their incapability to take a step back, to rewire their heads, into a more holistic, external view. A view which is important in devising a business strategy.

There are three things which can potentially limit business managers and leaders from creating good business strategies:

Time limit

As mentioned briefly above, busy people don’t normally have the time to take a step back. Time is the main ingredient in creating good strategy, it is finite, hence it must be utilized to the max. Spending dedicated time for business strategy is the only way to create one. Outside consultants can help tremendously in developing strategic plans. However, CEOs, business owners, and business leaders alike are the real master strategists of their respective companies.

Inside View

Working in the business, putting out fire on a daily basis, can affect vantage views. A good strategy must be developed taking into account external forces such as market, competitions, etc. When we are inside, our mind is filled with what’s happening inside the business. The customers who complain, the suppliers who send wrong goods, and so on. Filling our head with the proper information is important to create a good strategy. Take a step outside the business to get a better vantage view.

Simplifying Complexity

Business can be a nightmare to navigate through. Different parts, interconnecting, reacting, talking, affecting one another. From sales, marketing, administration, logistics, and so on. It just seems impossible to put everything together to develop a business strategy comprising all the complex components of a business. Maybe it is impossible. Creating a good strategy requires simplified version that human minds can comprehend. It is important though that the simplified version does not loose important parts of the business itself. Simplifying business complexity without loosing its essence – that’s what we need.

So there it is, some points which can limit the creation of business strategy.

Last but not least – what about small business? Do they need business strategy?

We believe small businesses need business strategy even more than the bigger corporations. The reason is simple: limited resources. Small businesses only have so much resources, every dollar counts. A good strategy will help to make sure that every little bit of resources is capitalized to the max.

Happy Strategizing!

Worry, Stress’ evil cousin

What causes stress level to spike? Is it too much work? Is it too much pressure?

Or is it too much worry?

Psychologists will have their PhD level theories on what causes stress. However, I guess we can all agree that worry is somewhat correlated to stress. Is worry the main cause of stress? We don’t know, but we know they go hand in hand. When a person worries – his stress level will go up.

Can we eliminate worry altogether? Living the life of worry-less. What a great life. Unfortunately, this particular behavior seems to stick to us, like a super glue. It just won’t go away, eating its host like a parasite.

Let’s be practical, what feeds your worry? Or the better question is, why feeds your worry? We know it’s eating us alive, so why do we keep feeding it? Human nature? We couldn’t help it? Our world will end if we don’t?

The truth is, worry does not change anything apart from reducing our effectiveness (and efficiency) in living. It increase our emotional level, we couldn’t think straight, our mind just couldn’t get into gear. It’s almost like a trojan horse living inside us ready to be activated anytime. The only place in our brain suitable for worry is a black hole.

Brain Black Hole

If there’s any benefit of worrying to our lives than we should consider feeding it, growing it, and keeping it safe. Is there?

Why don’t we channel our worry into something else? Let’s hammer it away by focusing on other things.Worry feeds on one thing and one thing only: “our attention”. The more we pay attention to it, the bigger it grows, the stronger it is. It’s like a dangerous seduction, difficult to resist, only to grab us by our throats and refuse to let us go.

Do something else when we start to worry. Run, or walk, or swim, or paint, or talk to your friend. Anything to move our attention away from it. It’ll be there still, seducing us at every opportunity – but at least we are putting a good fight.

Keep fighting!

Matthew 6:27 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?