Astride the Fulcrum

Bob Schultek Author of
The Gauntlet

Improving business results can often feel like you’re sitting astride the fulcrum of a teeter-totter.

One side of the seesaw represents the process and precedent that delivers efficiency, quality and risk aversion.

The other side embodies a challenge to the status quo, a drive to innovate and improve which is mandatory for progress, customer retention and value creation.

A leader has one foot on each side, striving for equilibrium. Sometimes leaders must put more weight on the precedent side to preserve what’s working well. At other times, pressure must be applied to drive needed productive change that moves the business towards its vision in accordance with its culture.

Leaders are hired to manage this equilibrium, while always moving forward to make things better.

How well are you managing the equilibrium between precedent and change?

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