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What is THAT? … If you’re a diver and like “macro”, you might recognize the green nudibranch (or nudi) in the photo above. If you’re like most people, you have no idea what I’m talking about. Trust me, it wasn’t long ago that I would’ve looked at the photo above and said, “What is THAT?”
It had been several weeks, a couple months in fact, since I’d been diving. My weekend diving adventures came to an abrupt stop when I was diagnosed with pneumonia. Fluid in the lungs and diving do NOT go hand in hand. In fact, it can be a deadly combination. So, like all people who want to preserve their lives, I followed the doctors’ orders and avoided diving. Once during this period, I went out on the boat just to be near the water and spend time with friends who were diving. It was torture. I had fun, but it was hard being so close to the water yet not being allowed to dive, especially when a new sea “critter” (a hairy shrimp) was discovered at one of the local dive sites that same day! Ughh!!!
After two months, I had a follow-up chest x-ray and got the “green light” to dive again – yee haw!!! I was on the boat the next day. On our second dive, I saw this green nudi and took a few pictures. My underwater camera setup is very basic so the resulting picture is “average”, but I hope you get the idea. A nudi is a small marine mollusk. There are several thousand species and they can sport an amazing range of colors. Some people call them “sea slugs” in a semi-derogatory, tongue-in-cheek manner. I can understand why. They aren’t as big and exciting as a whale, or shark, or manta ray, or dolphin. They are small, colorful “slugs” of a sort.
So there you have it. I anxiously awaited two months to return to the water so I could see a sea slug. Yes, I’m weird. It’s a disease. Believe it or not, there are nudi “experts” who travel all over the world and hunt for nudis. They take thousands of pictures, catalogue them, etc.. Yes, doubly weird.
Anyway, here’s the point. If you didn’t know what you were looking for, you could easily overlook it. In fact, if you didn’t know what a nudi was and where to look for one, I daresay you would never see one or know what you missed.
The same is true for us as leaders. We need to know what we’re looking for. The world-class leader knows what he’s looking for in people, processes, and performance. The world-class leader knows what they’re striving to achieve. They know what success looks like. Without clear knowledge of your target, success is difficult, if not impossible. On the other hand, with 20/20 vision of your strategic objective, you will know when you’ve reached your objective.
You may not be looking for a green nudi, but hopefully you’re striving for something. Hopefully you have strategic objectives. Hopefully you have goals. Hopefully you have a vision. If so, please be certain you’ve defined it clearly and in a manner that will allow you (and others in your organization) to know when you’ve reaching your objective. If you haven’t defined success, how will you when, and if, you’ve achieved it? If you haven’t defined the objective clearly, how can you celebrate when you’ve reaching it?
Define your nudi today so that you know what you’re looking for. Don’t allow a fuzzy, undefined objective get in your way of success. … Define it. Achieve it. Celebrate it.
Can you describe your strategic objective? Can you clearly define “success?” Do you know what your nudi looks like?
As always, the floor is open to your comments, suggestions, thoughts, and feedback.