Do You Over Focus on the Present?
I had the privilege of listening in and live tweeting for two days as world-class thinkers spoke to an international audience about business and the state of the world at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It’s been my experience that when leaderships gathers to share current thoughts, though they might prepare and speak individually, if you listen carefully to their words and the big ideas an overriding theme evolves.
One overriding theme this year at the World Business Forum was the character of leadership is the foundation of great business, innovation. Vijay Govindarajan — a leading expert on strategy and innovation — spoke to three strategies for creating the future.
- Manage the Present
- Selectively Abandon the Past
- Create the Future
Vijay says stratefy has nothing to do with competing for the present, but everything to do competing for the future. However, we cannot compete for the future if we are not taking care of the present. The thinking process it takes to excel at managing the present is fundamentally different from that of managing the past and future to grow.
This three minute video gives a great summary of Vijay Govindarajan’s points.
Vijay speaks to the enterprise, but any small business owner, entrepreneur, consultant or freelancer knows that living in the present and building the future is the only way to survive.
Here are five of my ideas for managing the present while creating the future.
- Reserve time to claim what you’ve learned. Take a hour a day, a day a week, or 3 days a month to do the work of keeping your business in line.
- Study your losses to find the lessons. Keep the lesson and leave the losses behind.
- Assume that every new idea holds an opportunity in the form of a problem.
- Keep the realistic present in focus and keep asking people What a future version of this might look like? <-- Note: that's a different question than What is the next ____?
- Surround yourself with people who will tell you when your ideas are brilliant and when they are brilliantly stupid.
In an ever-changing venue with an increasing influx of information, the winning objective is not to know what we know, but be able to respond and react to changes with solid experience and a learner’s mind.
How do you manage the present and create your future at the same time?
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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