Things looked a little different this morning as the Valley awoke to a gray morning. We must have gotten a shower during the night because the deck was damp. The wind was also blowing this morning. I didn't get very far towards Blacksburg before I started seeing a few snow flurries.
Tomorrow is the first of February. I always think of February as a compromise month. Most of the time it's not really winter, but it also isn't spring even here in Southwest Virginia. We often have some heat in the sun but temperatures cool enough to keep things from starting to grow.
More and more as I get back into work, I realize how important it to be able to get people to compromise. Good companies have people with strong personalities, but you can't have ten different ways to do something. You have to eventually make a decision and move forward. It's impossible to satisfy everyone. It is important to build consensus, but its also important for people to understand that not every item is subject to debate.
Going forward with the knowledge that you've made the best decision possible, is the best solution many times. If something happens to prove you wrong, just commit yourself to doing your best to fix it.
Getting input from lots of people in a company utilizes the collective intelligence of the company It is important to set expectations that not every decision is going up for debate. Lot of input fine, but in most cases, someone needs to make a final decision. Once that is done, everyone needs to close ranks and try hard to make the chosen course of action successful.
If someone tries to undermine the success of a decision because it wasn't what they proposed, you have to wonder if they understand how to be part of team.
Success of the group is more important than one person being able to pat themselves on the back..