Forget The IT Security Strategy, Just Get R Done!

In recessionary times, how many organizations say, “We need to send more people to training, increase our travel budgets, and hire some strategy people? ” These activities just don’t happen. Why is that? Let’s say that you are nearing retirement and have put in place a 10 year plan to the full-time career choice to prefect that golf-swing. You are 3 years into the plan, and your company has been sold, your job has been eliminated, gas prices have doubled, and popcorn for the movies has made that luxury obsolete!  Do you say, well, developing that plan was a waste of time? Do you just wing it? Do you resolve to work till you are 90 and live in a tent?

The reality is that in life we are continually reacting and readjusting to our external environment. Change is happening to us all the time, whether we are an active participant in influencing the outcomes or whether or not we are ‘waiting’ to see what happens next. Many times we come to recognize this is true by only looking in the rearview mirror and evaluating the decisions that we have made.

Some of us are planning for the next steps, and looking years into the future, while some of us choose to live in the present moment. As Eckhart Tolle describes in his book, “The Power of Now”, having a present-minded focus is very valuable, as in the present, no problems really exist and we are always able to cope with the current situation. Stress and tension come when our minds examine past experiences and project imaginary future outcomes which may or may not ever happen. Does this mean that we should never plan for the future? Certainly not, as Spencer Johnson, co-author of the One-Minute Manager, postulates in his parable entitled “The Present”, we need to 1) learn from the past, 2) live in the present, and 3) plan for the future. This simple parable contains the key concept for developing an effective strategy – build one that is not static, one which incorporates the lessons from the past, which will permit us to do the right things in the present, by thinking about the challenges that we may potentially face in the future, as well as the position where we want to be to help our organizations to be the most successful.

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