Friday, August 25, 2006

Strategy versus execution schizophrenia

By nature I am a strategy guy. I spend my time thinking about the future mostly because I a really do believe that "only the paranoid survive" (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385483821/104-5435827-2375938?v=glance&n=283155) yet I have worked long enough to understand that really execution is king. I still find this reality very difficult because "going analytical" is a bit like swimming underwater: when you get back the the surface you realize that you have been away for some time and things may have changed without you noticing. This is where I find the magic of time management does the job: have regular meetings to allow you to monitor and interact with the execution and leave the rest of the time for strategic free thinking.

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