As a business, we want to run, fast… and from day 1.
But, what happens if we run when we’re not ready to start running? We fall. We get hurt. We take people down with us. We show everyone around us that is watching that we’re anxious, and not fully in control.
This is critical. Perception builds trust. Trust builds relationships. Relationships are profitable.
I can understand certain aversions to process implementation. Sure, process takes time. In fact, it can be expensive. But without a “one foot in front of the other foot” process, what do we have? We have “I want to run, and, well, I’m not really sure how to; so let me start moving body parts around”. In business, this isn’t the most effective way of running — anything.
When you’re unfamiliar with the journey ahead of you – regardless of how many other journeys you’ve taken in life – it’s probably best to hold the hand of someone more experienced. Someone with proven capabilities.
Process Implementation, according to Harvard Business Review
…half-adopted process [implementation] is as bad, if not worse, than none at all… invest for the long term. It’s not just about changing the process — it’s about changing the culture. Too many processes are implemented superficially, which is why they don’t work.
So if your goal is to run, and you don’t yet know how to walk, hold the hand of someone who can guide you. Let go too soon, and you’ll fall. Try to run too fast without letting go, and you might bring both people down.
And remember, enjoy the journey my friends.