In a rush, I pulled my thumb drive from my tablet device and the data got scrambled. It doesn’t even look like the same device in file manager when I plug it now. This is evidence that sometimes, process matters.
Innovation matters too. New ways of doing things, exploring for the best results. Taking some risk, trying something new. All are important yet you can’t really escape process.
You can’t wear a jacket before it is sewn together. You can’t really eat a slice of cherry pie before it is baked.
Some things just don’t work or are otherwise not possible until the process is complete.
The challenge for many innovators and product creators is to understand what happens when it’s mandatory that step A, happens before step B.
In haste to transform from an idea to a product, people sometimes try to skip a step.
Often, you can’t.
It is a challenge for everyone in the workplace. Following the guidelines of the build, the assembly, or navigating the structure for packaging a service requirement.
It is hard to forecast the schedule beyond the scope of the current funnel.
Client requirements flex, shift, and are impacted by their own unforeseen events. Supply chain interruptions, severe weather, and a missed deadline all impact stops and starts.
Waiting always feels like a big time-waster. Fear of waiting may cause the overly anxious to attempt to skip a step. Patience is a competency that cannot be overlooked or underestimated.
Process matters for everything you do. It can change, but it usually doesn’t mean it can be skipped.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.