“What’s the excuse this time?” So often our team embarks on a new intiative and partway in, we can already hear people beginning to frame excuses as to why it won’t (and eventually doesn’t) work. It’s very easy to come up with excuses – bad ones, mediocre ones and sometimes even moderately credible ones. What if we got them all into the open beforehand?
What if you held a team meeting and together posted on the board all of the possible excuses as to why this particular project will flop (or even just “fall short of expectations”)? What changes about how you all execute when you all agree that no excuse already articulated is acceptable down the road? You might just create more creative excuses but more likely you’ll create success.