Pick your battles.
I think everyone would agree the wisdom in this statement. As always, the devil is in the details. Life requires discernment. Each of us is constantly making choices around how we spend our time, where we put our efforts. Some of us then spend a great deal of time reviewing those choices. Agonizing over them. Questioning each decision. But that is another discussion for another day.
The point here is about how we make those choices. Is there a way to choose the right battles most of the time? Can we set things up in ways that result in good choices and decisions? Small companies don’t have the luxury of boards of directors, big data, a full C-Suite of executives, and international teams of consultants to provide guidance. Things move very quickly for small companies adding more difficulty.
‘Seat of the pants’ flying has always been the fallback. This can work when you are controlling all the levers. The effect of every adjustment is instant. Wrong moves can be reversed. New adjustments made. Trial and error. Problems begin to creep in as companies grow. The people on the levers find themselves farther from the front line. Wrong moves are no longer easily reversed. Not before serious consequences. What to do? Still no board or expensive consultants to fall back on.
Or is there? Todays virtual world opens many new approaches. What about setting up a virtual board of advisors? Reach out to your peers and those you admire. A group of mentors who you can call upon infrequently is invaluable. The other place to look is inward. Your own team. Asking your team what they think may seem a small thing. It is not. Showing vulnerability can produce amazing an unexpected results.