Sometimes things we want seem impossible. Whether it’s to grow you business by 50% or lose those 20 extra pounds, you can’t seem to get to where you want to be. Blue Cat had a goal like that – he wanted to meet the most famous of mythological creatures – Bigfoot. He knew lots of people had tried, but no one ever had. But, being the strategist that he is, Blue Cat made a plan…
First, Blue Cat had to engineer a solution that would get him what he wanted. He needed a search of a remote, wooded area – but one that he could get to easily. It would help if Bigfoot had been sighted there before. And he needed a way to lure the big guy into the open. His design – a search of the Pikes Peak National Forest around the Peak. It was fairly remote (you have to pay to get on the road, so that cuts down on the undedicated), easy to get to (Blue Cat lives in Colorado Springs and his scribe owns a big truck), and there have been reports of Bigfoot in that area. And he had a secret weapon to make Bigfoot feel safe to come out, as you’ll see later.
Next, he had to put together a team to help him find the elusive, hairy giant. (Blue Cat doesn’t move very fast on his own, and he’s a little short to be driving by himself.) He did that by making their goals match his vision – they wanted a trip to Pikes Peak, and he wanted to search the mountain forests. He then had to make sure they had the resources they needed – plenty of gas in the truck and plenty of battery in the cell phones (for documentation). And he needed to keep things under control – watching the time so there was plenty of light, and making sure his driver didn’t speed on the winding Pikes Peak Highway.
The result – success!
Blue Cat achieved his goal – and made a new friend – because he had a clear vision of what he wanted, expressed it in an audacious goal, and created a plan to make it happen. He also managed the execution of the plan so it would succeed (he saw the truck was low on gas and so he made his driver stop for more) and his design took into account both the environment (finding Bigfoot where he was) and an innovative approach to getting him to overcome his shyness (note the sign by the new friends).
You and I can do the same if we think like strategists and remember to lead, manage, and engineer.
So what “impossible” things do you want to do?
© William P. Doyle, Jr. 2012