Take It To The Limit! – A Plan for Successful Implementation

9 10 2013

When a man sat next to me at the bar of an airport restaurant for dinner on October 6th, I did not think much of it.  He looked a bit familiar so I smiled at him and wished him a good day (something I try to do with everyone I connect with).  Within a few minutes, I realized I was sitting next to the legendary “Mr. October” himself, Reggie Jackson, the Hall of Fame New York Yankee!  We spoke for an hour, mostly about life’s challenges and a touch about baseball.  He is a legend who knew more than most how to ….TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT!

Reggie

Now, you might ask:  “What does that have to do with IMPLEMENTATION?”  Actually, it has everything to do with implementation.   As an Eye-Cubed executive initiating any implementation process, you must approach every day like Reggie approached the game of baseball.  You must be determined to succeed, ready for the hard work and committed to…TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT!

We all know that ideas are a dime a dozen.   But we have used the Eye-Cubed strategy detailed in “You Don’t Need A Plumber, You Need A Process” to evaluate our innovative choices and we are confident that we have decided on the BEST innovation to pursue.   Now the work begins.

Design your roadmap using the following steps:

  1.  Determine the resources needed to reach your goal.   These include   human resources, financial capacity and a realistic time line.
  2. Stay focused on the goal and specifically identify the steps needed to stay on track.
  3. Take those steps, one at a time, until your ultimate goal has been achieved.

OK, so we’ve designed a plan in the ‘optimum’ world.   Now let’s get real.   And that means being flexible.  Being flexible does not mean straying from the goal.   Being flexible means that at each of the intersections on the map, choices might have to be made as situations change.   You will have to keep a pulse on the climate and be ready to make personnel changes, dig deeper into your financial resources and even stretch the time frame.    Being willing to evaluate as you drive the project to its successful destination requires a focused Eye-Cubed leader, a leader ready, willing and able to remain confident, evaluate, adjust the course and build upon the strength of the team by the constant example of the willingness to personally….TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT!

Something very interesting is bound to happen if you continue to demonstrate this confident attitude.  You will find that it is contagious and grows in power and density like a snowball rolling down a mountain.  The force of this synergy is unstoppable and in true Eye-Cubed fashion, you will sustain the support and energy needed to lead your team to success.

Stop for a minute now and imagine Reggie Jackson approaching the plate in the World Series with baseball history on the line.  Wait for your pitch and swing for the fences!  Perform as he did and firmly fix yourself to the vision of your goal.  Call upon THE TWO MOST POWERFUL TEAMMATES you can imagine—PATIENCE and POWER.   By combining them with a firm focus you will….

TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT!

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2 responses

9 10 2013
Michael Peters

Oh man! I sincerely hope you didn’t have him try WALK THE LIME!!!

10 10 2013
Barbara Agin (@aginbarb)

Good article. I will imagine my self as the woman played by Geena Davis from “A League of Their Own” on the mound – and even that is a stretch.

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