When it comes to implementation, many organisations flounder because:

  1. It takes too long
  2. It costs too much
  3. There are too many surprises
  4. It often isn’t what we wanted in the first place.

All this sets the narrative “we are poor at implementation” when in fact we should be saying, “we are unprepared for implementation”.

We either rush to action (resulting in rework) or spin our wheels (resulting in no work) – neither is satisfactory. Maybe it’s time to think differently about Getting It Done.

In order to successfully get it done, we must start with the end in mind and ask; What would good look like? How will our organisation be different as a result of this work, and how will we measure that success, both during the implementation and at the end?

If we understand what the end result should be, then we can test out progress on an ongoing basis, identify and remove the distractions and keep our focus on GETTING IT DONE!


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Written by Lisa Smith

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Lisa is a professional thinker dedicated to helping people unlock their innate creativity and to empower them to think differently – for themselves. She is passionate about building innovative cultures and about harnessing and engaging talent to create thinking communities. Lisa holds an MBA, specialising in organisational change and innovation, which forms the nucleus of her work. She relishes opportunities to share the Minds at Work thinking strategies with government bodies, socially responsible corporate, educators, community groups and farmers, helping them to turn their big ideas into realities.