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Step Five: Identify the Ideal Best Practice for Dealing with Changes in Irresistible Forces

Apr 4, 2008
"We are all prisoners of our past. It is hard to think of things except in the way we have always thought of them. But that solves no problems and seldom changes anything." -Charles Handy

This article begins an exploration of ways for your business to surpass the likely future performance of the most effective enterprises in locating, anticipating and adapting to changes in the irresistible forces. Such work relies heavily on using more effective forecasting.

Understanding the Importance of Ideal Best Practices

Concentrating only on where your company has been and is now can obviously keep you from perceiving your best opportunities to use irresistible forces. And those who look beyond this scope to examine the future best practice often think, "Is that all there is out there?"

The way to move beyond those insights is to apply the concept of the ideal best practices for locating, anticipating, and adapting to irresistible forces. The ideal best practice is simply the best way to get the most results possible in the immediate future by anyone using today's most effective knowledge and technology, from wherever they exist.

The gap between the ideal best practice and the future best practice is often enormous. In fact, it is usually larger than the gap between the effectiveness of the best performing enterprise today and the least effective ones.

For instance, the future best practice for an organization with regard to irresistible forces will usually be to do a better job of anticipating, through improved forecasting. If you think of your business as wanting to always have tail winds, even accurate forecasting still requires you to reset your organization's direction to capture those tail winds. Making that change takes time and effort, and can be error-prone.

The ideal best practice for any company then is to move beyond both forecasting and continually changing your direction. By doing this, you eliminate the time, money, potential errors, and effort involved in those activities while accomplishing much more.

An ideal approach is to benefit immediately from all of the winds that blow, whenever and from wherever they do so, as a pivoting windmill does. How can you do this for a business or other organization?

Be aware that the even the ideal best practice is to some extent a moving target. Today's conception of an ideal best practice will turn out to be hopelessly limited compared to tomorrow's solution to the same concept. The important point is to keep pushing forward to find ever more ideal best practices.

To help you get started in ideal best practices, you should explore the concept of identifying and taking actions that will leave you vastly better off, regardless of which irresistible forces arrive, when they arrive, and from whatever direction.

You can think of this as the strategic positioning approach to irresistible forces. The idea is simple to describe: Find a way of operating that is always aided by your irresistible forces.

At this point, you may be wondering why you just spent time and effort learning the ways to identify and achieve the future best practice, if the ideal best practice is so much better.

Based on years of helping people learn irresistible force management, I have observed that most people will be much more effective in identifying and implementing the ideal best practice if they have already become quite good at identifying and applying the future best practice.

Psychologically, many peoples' minds need stimulation by perceiving potential well beyond what they have considered before, in advance of considering the ideal (or virtually perfect) way to do things. Otherwise, there is a tendency to select an ideal best practice concept that in fact is less effective than the future best practice will be.

Think of the future best practice as being your mental trampoline for springing far higher and accomplishing more with ideal best practices than you could otherwise do.
About the Author
Donald Mitchell is an author of seven books including Adventures of an Optimist, The 2,000 Percent Squared Solution, The 2,000 Percent Solution, The 2,000 Percent Solution Workbook, The Irresistible Growth Enterprise, and The Ultimate Competitive Advantage. Read about creating breakthroughs through 2,000 percent solutions and receive tips by e-mail by registering for free at

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