Strategy from the surface of the sun

pexels-photo-236730Our organization used to love strategic planning. Whenever we had a new CEO, they would start a new strategic plan to put their stamp on the organization.

Back in the 90s, we attended this out-of-town retreat with our new CEO. About 20 of us attended this exercise. The CEO started with a enthusiastic intro. Things started to spin a bit out of control after that in apparent attempt to impress him.

One manager said that we had to step back a bit and see how things were going. The next manager suggested that we had to take elevated view of the entire economy. The next manager said that we had to take an even higher 30,000 foot look at the past present and  future. The next manager said we had to go even further to take a global analysis of the history and future of the world as observed from the sun.

I made the last one up, but in keeping with the trend lines, everyone attempted to outdo the prior manager in order to show himself as more of a visionary.

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