Ready, Fire, Aim

They decided not to use their planning time and leaped into Better Get Better. The first results were not good. “That’s our score? That’s it?” 

Subsequent rounds weren’t much better. It wasn’t until the debriefing at the end of the activity that a quiet man who had hung back during the exercise said, “I was really frustrated. We didn’t have a plan. We need a plan for success. It’s just like the way we dive in at work without looking.” 

Every team has one of two blind spots. Some take too much time planning and never get around to action in time. 

But most teams are itching for action and don’t want to do the hard work of ‘nothing apparently getting done’ at the beginning to come up with a plan of attack. The tension is too much for them. I call it, “ready, fire, aim.” 

The same team, when forced to take their full planning time in the next activity aced it. The same gentleman simply said, “See?” to a few sheepish but exhilarated faces. They had seen.

The next activity, no forcing was needed. The team took their planning time and came up with a plan to ace it. It was a good one. It needed tweaking on the fly – all plans do – but the results were incredible.

Today, like every day, gives our teams a choice. Will it be ready-fire-aim? Or will we be brave and aim first?

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