By Jeremy Williams
I spent one of my days last week both watching my son, whom was sick, and putting together an elliptical machine that I ordered by mail. The elliptical machine was a request of my wife, though somehow I think I will be using it more often after all the work-related lunches I visited last week. What I learned very quickly was that without an instruction manual showing me how I was going to build this complex cardio machine, I might as well just told the delivery guys to keep it on the truck. The instruction manual for the assembly of the elliptical machine acted as a road map. It started with a listing of all the parts and tools required to assemble the machine and ended with the completed product.
How many times do we try to operate without a road map? How many times do we drift from the “instruction manuals” created, including systems and modes of operation for our businesses? If I had not followed the instruction manual for the assembly of the elliptical machine, it would have been unsuccessful use of my time and energy. It may have even been dangerous.
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