Compromise, we all have to do it. Apparently its the way business works (sure does in my personal life!), staff engagement is driven thru buy in, everyone has a voice, and when you have a bunch of equally senior folks with conflicting drivers, you need to hammer it out… reach a compromise.
The only problem with compromise is just that, you don’t have clarity, you have a compromise. A middle ground of nothingness, a buggars muddle.
Strategy is determined by what comes out of the resource allocation process, not by intentions and processes that go into it. Clayton Christensen
As a strategy guy, I’m not a fan of compromise. I’ve seen too many good strategies get watered down by compromise. People insert wriggle room into the plan and you end up with a half baked delivery… Steve Job’s was a lot of things, uncompromising one of them, yet you can’t argue with the success he drove… is there a correlation? Apparently yes according to McKinsey‘s.
In a startling finding [that is sarcasm] , apparently if you adjust your resources depending on the initiatives relative market potential (that is put your resources behind the strategy, not everywhere) you get good results…. like 40% better total shareholder return. Empirical fact based evidence that compromise is bad for business.
So go forth, stay true to the direction, make choices!!! be uncompromising, get better results