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Please Turn Right in 600 Feet

Please Turn Right in 600 Feet

On two separate days I had an appointment at the same business about 45 minutes away. I took a different vehicle each time, to give each a good high-speed run.

One GPS took me a different way from the other! Both routes worked, of course, but one was ten minutes quicker, which might have been due to traffic conditions.

“Expert” opinions needn’t be singular or even uniformly shared. “Success” to me has always been within a range, with “good enough” on one end and the impossible “perfection” on the other. I call this “the feasible set.” In other words, anything within the range works just fine for me, depending on the circumstance and the range. I want the car wash to clean the car, I don’t need it as clean as it’s ever been nor cleaned under the hood. I do need my surgeon to be meticulous and as close to perfection as possible. A small scar is okay, but continued bleeding is not.

I give clients options, all within the feasible set, explaining the risks and rewards. I seldom advise that there’s only one way to be successful. But I do advise that if you go outside of my feasible set you’ll likely not be successful and I’m not going to help you fail.

I have another appointment at that destination in three weeks. I’m taking a third car to see what its GPS advises!

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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