I could hear the collective (silent) groans of our team.
Another team meeting, another ‘strategy’ session.
It seemed as though every three months we found ourselves back at the same place revisiting our strategy, asking the questions:
- What’s our mission?
- What’s our essential intent?
- Should we adopt a consumer business model selling subscriptions to teachers?
- Should we focus on developing portfolios, reporting, or something else?
For 3 years we were obsessed at myEd with finding the right strategy and approach. We read every new book and tried every new management consulting technique. And for 3 years we were in the wilderness.
And the irony was that we had the answers. I didn’t have the answers, but our team did.
“Most leaders are trying to figure out the right strategy, the right approach. The best leaders are obsessed with empowering the right people. Where do you find the right people? You don’t find them – you build them, develop them and then empower them to lead.”
– Craig Groeschel
Instead of being obsessed with trying to come up with the right strategy, I should have been focused on empowering our team to be leaders.