1. Thinking that if we do well on all the projects we have chosen in our strategy, on budget, on time, with the given scope, everything will be fine!
Wrong. More important than doing the projects well, is doing the right projects. What does this mean? Often a company’s strategy is just a collection of projects that each of its directors wants to see implemented. However, there is a lack of prior work listing these projects and using good project management practices to successfully complete them. You need to figure out – together, without silos – which projects are the right ones to do. Which ones are most aligned with the desires of the organization and its customers, and will consequently bring the best results for the company.
2. To think that to do differently means to discard everything that has been done so far.
Wrong. A company has accumulated a lot of knowledge over the years, which is an asset that cannot be lost. This doesn’t mean that you should continue to do things the same way, because doing it and expecting different results is the definition of madness, as Einstein said. We must incorporate this wisdom in designing new ways of doing things, in multidisciplinary teams, in an agile, participative, iterative, and – why not – fun way.
3. Thinking that if the Company Leaders are motivated and inspiring, the transformation will be easy.
Well… here I cannot say that I am completely wrong. Wrong is thinking that this is enough. Yes, it is crucial to have motivated and inspiring leaders, but even more important is to have everyone on the same page regarding what is happening in the company – which belongs to everyone. Communicate, involve, listen, include. Change is not made for someone, it is made with someone.