"In the book, Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, authors Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan offer this powerful observation. The primary reason many corporations and businesses meet with their untimely demise is because when CEO's and corporate heads are confronted with the harsh realities of stagnant sales, loss of market share, low employee morale, and consumer dissatisfaction and they are looking for solutions that will "turn things around" they continue to ask the wrong question. With the dark cloud of failure looming overhead the "old paradigm" asks this question.
" It spite of our best efforts, why is it that we continue to experience failure?"
This is the "wrong question." The question that must be asked - demands to be asked - is the one question that most in positions of leadership and responsibility lack the courage to ask.
"Is it because of our efforts that we continue to experience failure?"
To ask this question requires a willingness to "re-think" and "re-examine" the core values and practices of the organization. It requires the courage to admit that "the way we have been going at this" has been wrong and more importantly, it requires the courage to step outside of the comfortable confines of the "known" to embrace ideas and strategies previously ignored and neglected by the status quo.
It is my observation that in all strata's of life the failure to ask and confront the harsh realities of this question have not only led to the demise of businesses and corporations but to the demise of marriages, friendships, Christian organizations and church fellowships as well."
The Forgotten Kingdom