Business can be a Game…of Jenga

Building and running a business can be like a game of Jenga.  You can build it taking from the bottom – the people, the knowledge, the systems, the processes, the revenue, you name it – and putting it up top.  Once the bottom becomes thin, you start taking from the middle again, placing the pieces up top – or even worse, losing them altogether.  After a certain point, the entire stack becomes top-heavy and like in the game, the risk is pushing and pulling until the whole tower comes toppling down.

The problem with Jenga is that, as you focus on building up the top, you can’t bring in new pieces to replace those taken – or lost – from the bottom and the middle, and the tower is doomed to fall apart.

Notice that I said “building and running a business can be like a game of Jenga”.  The good news is that if you pay attention and focus on the whole stack, you do have the choice to bring in other pieces and continuously rebuild the bottom and the middle while also building up the top.  Keeping a strong base and an even stronger core must always be a focus of your business.

Yes, pieces will need to be shifted.  Yes, pieces will be lost.  Yes, someone will “move your cheese”.  However, if you just pay attention – to your people, your processes, your systems, your bottom-line, how you communicate, and your culture – and make it a point to keep rebuilding on your base and your core, you can keep building to sky-high.

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Be Present, Look Ahead, and See the Whole…

The Martial Artist must be wholly present when executing a hyung (form).  While being present in the current move, he must at the same time be perceiving 1-2 steps ahead, and even more see the whole form from the outside with himself inside of it.

The Musician must feel each moment in every note as she sings or plays.  Yet, in each moment, she must be 1-2 notes ahead at all times and must also be able to hold the whole piece in her mind’s ear.

The Performance Driver must be able to react to the road, his immediate surroundings including other drivers and any obstacles.  Though, as any good driver knows, he must be able to look through the car right in front of him and perceive the 1-2 cars ahead, and he must also have the route mapped out in his mind’s eye.

The Leader in business today must be able to be both tactical in the day-to-day and be able to step up and out into her business and be also intentional and strategic, not only handling the execution of the how but also keeping in mind and always communicating the why.

Find your form. Feel your music. Drive hard. Work not only well, but right.

In everything you are and everything you do…

     …always be present, look ahead, and see the whole.