Expect more ambiguity not just as you go up the career ladder, but as a growing workplace phenomenon. With more complexity, speed, change and competition, more decisions will have to be made with less data and certainty.
Release yourself and your team from the prison of perfectionism.
Strategies to get you thinking:
1. Set expectations with your team and all stakeholders that it is an ambiguous situation you are working through. It will take time and experimentation.
2. Be clear about the problem you are trying to solve.
3. Release yourself and your team from the prison of perfectionism.
Run towards the lack of clarity and actively wrestle with it.
[DN: The strategies below were embedded in tip #3 but deserve their own listing, because change consultants know, culture DOES trump strategy, every time. Culture & strategy work in tandem.]
4. Create a group culture around taking risks. Try a few small experiments. Learn, quickly course correct, and keep making progress.
Run towards the lack of clarity and actively wrestle with it. As you continue in your career, you are going to have to get good at it!
Marian Cook is currently the head of IT for a mid-market healthcare market leader of products, services and education. She leads a 100 person IT division with a major Oracle R12 implementation underway. She is currently on the Chicago's Mayor's Council of Technology.
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