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Pascal Dennis: Success is the ennemy of future success

By Pascal Dennis, - Last updated: Friday, September 23, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a comment

Building on Steven’s thoughts, True North entails developing a clear picture
of

a) Ideal condition, and

b) Target condition.

As Steven suggests, at the process level, this means answering questions
like:

“Is the process behaving as expected?”

Corollaries: Do I understand my process?  Is our hypothesis sound?  If not,
how do we adjust it?

“Is there creative tension in our management process?

Corollaries: Are problems visible?  Are we challenging ourselves or simply
resting on our oars?

True North works much the same at the broad strategic level.

In my view, its purpose, at each “level of magnification”, is to create
discomfort, and reflection (hansei) thereby.

Wakefulness, if you will

Success is the enemy of future success.

Perhaps the most common characteristic of outstanding individuals (and
organizations) is relentless self-examination — after defeat, and more
importantly, after success.

As evidence, I’d offer Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, Garry Kasparov, Pablo
Picasso, great sports teams…

Regards,

Pascal

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