Balancing Act: The Newsletter
(No. 242, October 2019)
Balancing act is in four sections this month:
We seldom suggest changes or initiatives or solutions that also consider consequences. No important alternative is ever completely free of risk. The philosopher Santayana observed, “A fanatic is someone who loses sight of his goals and consequently redoubles his efforts.” No wind is a good wind if you don’t know your destination.
Voters will almost always pass school budgets and facilities improvements until they hear the plans will result in a property tax increase of two percent. We love to be part of environmental and sustainability endeavors until we learn that there’s a fine if we don’t recycle correctly.
In organizations, people love to jump on the bandwagon for better working conditions and new products and services and more powerful technology—until they learn there will need to be a commensurate productivity increase required or more overtime or tougher work loads. We see only positives, and when someone dares to raise the negatives they are derided as killjoys, or pessimists, or Chicken Little.
You’re not a pessimist if you simply review what could go wrong or adversely affect you and plan for it or try to prevent it. New schools (or road repair or water treatment equipment) will almost always result in the need for higher taxes to pay for them. Changes in products and services will almost always adversely impact some clients. Whenever you take a new route there’s always the threat of getting lost.
We would all do ourselves a legitimate favor if we recognized what the “then” might be with each “if,” and demand of our political candidates and office holders that they spell out the “cost” of supporting their plans.
We have on our roads too many “bridges to nowhere,” terminated roads that ran out of funds and or ran out of purpose. We don’t need “notions to nowhere.” Tell me the cost or don’t tell me the tale.
I had disembarked the train in Boston and was walking the six blocks to State Street Bank’s Headquarters, one of my clients. As I looked across the street, I was impressed by a well-dressed, very attractive woman who smoothly reached into the pocketbook hanging over her shoulder and withdrew her phone without missing a stride. However, in doing so she had somehow managed to hook her skirt to her pocketbook strap and her entire leg was now visible, up to her hips.
I slowly tried to decide if I should call to her, which she might find obnoxious, or hurry across the street in the midst of traffic, which she might find threatening. I hustled to keep up with her pace.
Suddenly, I was struck in the chest and chin with such force that I fell to the ground, dropping my briefcase. I had walked into a parking meter.
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After my sold-out workshop on Best Practices in Adelaide in 2018 I was encouraged by the attendees to return with the convention in 2020. Our 2019 Convention was a full house in April 2019 in Washington, DC.
We already have nearly 50 people registered for Sydney, half from outside New Zealand and Australia!
You’ll hear the best of the best generously sharing their knowledge on acquiring business, marketing, brand building, delivering strategy, serving as a trusted advisor, advanced coaching, and so forth. The networking is fantastic during extended breaks, lunches, and cocktail receptions.
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