This week’s focus: As with sailing, the quickest route to strategic success is rarely a straight line, but is, instead, a zig-zag of constant adjustments to ever-shifting environmental conditions, combined with more dramatic turns and detours to avoid major storms and to take advantage of the more significant changes in the prevailing winds and currents.

Are you trying to develop and follow an implementation ‘road map’ to deliver your strategy when you’d be better off using a ‘nautical chart’?

Off the record: Sail On, Sailor by The Beach Boys

I sailed an ocean, unsettled ocean

Through restful waters and deep commotion

Often frightened, unenlightened

Sail on, sail on sailor

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