What are you going to stop doing?

A end of year thought for you out there who are going to make resolutions, year plans or decisions about what is next.

Most corporate strategy, planning processes and executive speak is wrapped up in positive language, empowering people to see what they are going to do next.  But it misses off the bit about what you are going to stop doing, and to me that is equally important.

Everyone is busy, 100% allocated or some such.   Adding something else into that mix and expecting everything else to continue is a nonsense. Prioritization processes just guides which bits come first, not which bits stop.

Assuming the implicit trade off doesn't work either because what i'd choose to stop isn't the same as everyone else. 

I heard the line recently , we are great at onboarding technology and miserable at discontinuing it. Couldn't agree more, and by failing to turn anything off we just keep adding to our cost and complexity burden. I'm sure technology isn't alone in this.

So, next time you are in a room deciding whats next, add in the bit about what you will stop. 

"i'm giving up procrastination and that means i'm going to stop watching TV"

"We are going to build IaaS and stop selling hardware"

Be explicit and understand what you will and won't do. It completes the guidance and provides much more clarity, completeness and cohesion to any plan.

PS  Merry Christmas from me.

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