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5-Prioritize Vision above Strategies or Solutions

First comes the vision, then the strategy, and then the solution. Any other order leads to bad decisions and costly failure.

Suppose you want to cross a river. One strategy would be to design and build a bridge across the river. That would be one solution. But is that the only one? Let your team surprise you, and work out other options!

How about swimming across it? finding a ford? building a raft? How about flying over it in a helicopter? Let your team develop multiple strategies, and try several in parallel until the most efficient and fastest emerges. Until you find the ideal solution. And don’t say that there isn’t enough time for creativity …

This principle applies to all companies and ventures without exception.

First comes a vision for a project, then comes an array of strategies which could lead to feasible solutions. If you choose a strategy too quickly, you narrow the range of options. In this age of rapidly increasing complexity, weighing and evaluating options to choose the best one is critical. The second best may still be good, but the very best is crucial for long-term success.