Tackling the Third Box
You know the old joke about business people who have three boxes on their desks: one says “In,” another says “Out,” and the third says “Too Hard.”
Well, for many businesses this is no joke. Issues abound that seem to be “too hard”, whether for lack of resources or skills, or simply because it’s difficult to know where to start.
This is compounded by what we might call “maintenance pressure” – the need when budgeting time comes around to continue to do all the regular mainstream things that always seem essential. But they quickly chew up your time and your budget, leaving you to fall back on that old standby strategy, “last year plus ten percent”. If it’s near impossible to find the resources to do all the regular things, how will you ever be able to turn your attention to the “too hard” stuff?