Just because the numbers look good doesn’t mean you should move forward with the initiative.
Leaders often face the dilemma of having numerous attractive initiative options to pursue when developing their strategic plans. Many of these options are provided by an eager and engaged workforce; individuals who diligently examine the proposed opportunity, associated costs, and make the strong case for pursuing these cost saving and/or profitable efforts. However, it is the responsibility of the leadership team to perform a reality check on these proposals in two ways. First, is a critical questioning of the numbers to ensure the real-world appropriateness of the assumptions used and the numbers presented. Second, is the assessment of whether the proposal can be executed considering the organization’s resources and capabilities.
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