Progress Looks Like a Pendulum
Progress doesn't happen without movement. But that motion doesn't always have to be forward. The running back jukes his opponent laterally first to clear the field for a sprint downfield.
Sometimes, our companies will need to take a step back in order to then get the momentum to carry on. Cut the weakest division, sunset a slow-selling product, or let go of someone who's not quite pulling her weight.
This happens at work, it happens in politics, it happens in nonprofits and on boards and in schools. Don't fret just because the pendulum of progress is swinging away from you at the moment. Get ready for that buildup for potential energy to come swinging back your way any second.
Then, hang on. It's going to be a hell of a ride.
A few small steps back for a handful of strides forward is an itinerary you should bank on every time.