“Sustained excellence is neither a destination nor a journey, but an active ecosystem. A model of it would look much more like a model of our solar system or the atom than a pyramid.”– Bryan Nann
Doesn’t fall in a day…
The common cliché is that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, which is true for the most part but equally important is the fact that Rome didn’t fall in a day either. It took almost four centuries of very small, incremental, poor decisions that led to the gates of Rome being crushed by the Visigoths in 410AD.
Yet that is how people look at their health, their careers, their relationships, etc. That is also how organizations and businesses look at their prosperity…like it was suddenly 410AD, the city is on fire and barbarians are at every door:
“I’m not sure what happened, I just woke up one day and was 50lbs. overweight.”
“Why does my boss say that my skills are obsolete?”
“Why does every one I know say that I only call when I want something?”
“Why is my business behind on revenue, employees are quitting and competitors are taking my market share away?”
What’s worse is that people then look for “magic bullets”, “90 day weight loss plans” or some other quick fix to save the day. Unfortunately, it took small incremental improvements to get in trouble and it takes small incremental improvements to get out. After the fall of Rome, it took almost a thousand years (that’s 1000 years) for Western Europe to emerge from the consequences.
If you, your organization or your business are in a bad place create a plan for small, daily, incremental improvements and stick to it! Understand that you didn’t get here overnight so it won’t reverse itself over night…but you can move the needle a little each day and it will add up.