I remember sitting in a leadership team strategy awayday some years back where the team agreed on its 14 priorities.
… 14. Fourteen.
… More than double the number of company priorities than the number of members of the leadership team.
You’re on a hiding to nothing if your strategy consists of a large (e.g. more than 5) number of strategic imperatives. Simply because you will be spread so thin that you’ll end up with a number of things at best half done, while no one thing done.
And it gets even more insidious than that.
The time spent on half doing 10 things is wasted. Meaning the time has absolutely been spent (=”busyness”), but nothing tangible (=”value”) has come out the other side. So not only has no value been created, but a lot of time has been spent on creating that nothing.
And to really rub salt into the wound, your now demoralised leadership team has just “proved” to itself that strategy is a waste of time. Their (and your) confidence in ever stepping back from the fray to do bigger picture things has notched up another dent.
It’s hard to choose 3 rather than 10. But 3 chosen and done is better than 10 chosen and none delivered.
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