“When the map and terrain differ, the terrain wins.”

If you have ever worked with kids, you know the truth in this statement.  The best laid plans can go out the window in a matter of seconds and you need to figure out how to take the next step quickly, before chaos ensues.

The same is true for associations.  We can create beautiful maps of our plans, but if the environment differs from what we imagined the real terrain will win.

Organizations must be flexible enough to navigate the environment and strong enough to devise and execute a change in plans. This requires:

  • Space for people to think and explore (to be aware of their surroundings)
  • People with the skills and mindsets to identify challenges and devise and champion ideas to address the opportunities and challenges
  • Organizational capability to adopt and execute a change in course

These will help you avoid the unexpected mountain or crevice.

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