This is a continuation of a new blog series that I started about 6 weeks ago, which I’ll wrap-up over the next two weeks. As a brief refresher, my goal has been to write a blog on one habit per week, and so far, we are still on track to wrap-up in another two weeks or so. As I’ve mentioned in the previous habits, the content for this series has been developed over many years and hundreds of client projects. In fact, in addition to applying the habits to all of our client projects, we often speak on these habits as part of a larger session we call “CPR”, where we discuss project rescue and how projects can avoid having to be rescued. The ultimate goal here is to present these habits in a short and succinct manner, so that you can have clear takeaways to immediately put into practice on your projects.
If you arrived here and have not yet read habits 1-5, I would encourage you to start there. I have provided links below to the first five habits that that we have looked at so far.
Habit 1: Chart Your Journey
Habit 2: Stay The Course
Habit 3: Invest In The Unseen
Habit 4: Avoid The Silver Bullet Syndrome
Habit 5: Live In The Past
So, without further ado, let’s jump in to the sixth habit.
Habit 6: Build It and They May Not Come
You’ve seen it, right? You know the movie, where a mysterious voice repeats, “If you build it, he will come.” That quote comes from a great movie produced in 1989 called Field of Dreams. I’m not quite sure why, but each time I think about this specific habit, I think of that movie. The truth is, most organizations today believe that if you simply implement “the new technology”, that everyone will immediately and automatically (and of course without any prompting) begin to use the new system(s). On the contrary, our experience has shown us that once a new solution has been implemented, there is still much to do to ensure it is truly successful. After all, beauty (or in this case success) lies in the eye of the beholder. In the next few moments, I would like to directly address a few areas where we see most organizations struggle to cross the finish line, and practical ways to correct these issues.
I hope this sixth habit has been helpful and relevant. Again, the goal is to keep these short and sweet, so my desire is that you will be able to take away a few nuggets of wisdom and experience from this series. Stay tuned for the final habit next week!
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