The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – HBR

Here is a business diagnostics 101 — interesting read.  Certainly, the paradox is avoidable, and therein lies the takeaway for small business.

Excerpt:  Why don’t successful people and organizations automatically become very successful? One important explanation is due to what I call “the clarity paradox,” which can be summed up in four predictable phases:

Phase 1: When we really have clarity of purpose, it leads to success.
Phase 2: When we have success, it leads to more options and opportunities.
Phase 3: When we have increased options and opportunities, it leads to diffused efforts.
Phase 4: Diffused efforts undermine the very clarity that led to our success in the first place.

Curiously, and overstating the point in order to make it, success is a catalyst for failure.

Read full article via The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown – Harvard Business Review.


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