“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong’s famous line, as he stepped onto the moon for the first time, illustrate how our small steps can have significant impact. And when we realise that the next step in our business can be hugely significant, we can easily become frozen, our foot paused and hovering in midair.

Where in your business or team do you face this potentially debilitating indecision? Why is it so hard to know what to do next with any clarity or certainty? What’s at stake if you pushed ahead or pulled back?

Our experience in working with strategy and teams is that this all comes down to clarity of purpose and what’s is really essential to deliver on that purpose. While many executive teams may hold up their strategy documents and claim ‘here’s our strategy’, unless it can help you decide what to do next, it is not an effective navigation system.

While there should always be respect for the unknown and forces beyond our control, our strategic plan should make it clear whether the decision in front of us is aligned to that plan or at least to our deeper purpose. Strategy is a living thing, that evolves as we do. And it should support us to become better leaders as we deepen our understanding of when to take the leap and when not to.

If you feel stuck and uncertain, consider doing a free Me-Scan self-assessment to give you some idea where to focus on shifting the stuckness. Visit our website for details.