Last week, I discussed three important lessons I have learned from running that can be applied to any long-term challenge. Check it out here if you missed it.
Today, in part two of the article, we will cover four more lessons that can help you be successful as you pursue your goals.
Several years ago, two independent organizations set off on journeys to transform their cultures. Both organizations wanted to move from environments that valued protecting the status quo and were resistant to change to cultures in which change was rapid, structured, and pervasive.
As both organizations embarked from this common starting point, their paths began to diverge. In one organization, the philosophy began to take root, the tools were used consistently throughout the organization, and the culture continued to mature. Employees at all levels of the organization bought into the new ideas and their teams began to thrive.
In the second organization, changes in the culture were much less widespread. Individual pockets embraced the new ideas, but the results were not sustained. Years after their journey began, the culture was not significantly different from where it started.
So, what was the difference?
Are you a direct route or a scenic route person?
If you have ever been on a road trip with a group of people different from yourself, you have likely experienced the headaches that can result. Even though you are in agreement on the final destination, they way in which you desire to get there is very different.
Several years ago, I experienced this situation first hand. The direct route individuals preferred to keep to the interstates, stop only when necessary, and get back on the road as quickly as possible. The idea was to get to the final destination as quickly as possible. For the scenic route individuals, the travel was part of the experience. Stopping for a relaxing meal or taking an unplanned detour were not out of the question.