In Disney’s classic animated film The Jungle Book, Kaa the python sang, “Trust in me, only in me / Shut your eyes and trust in me / You can sleep safe and sound / Knowing I am around.” That was just when he tried to eat Mowgli, the central character.
Although Mowgli might’ve been taken in by the wily snake’s glib sounds, the corporate executives, thankfully, are not so easily swayed by unproven claims. However, this makes the task a little more difficult as one is just getting started with process improvement – he or she is the unknown quantity wasting valuable time and resources.
There are always those who are sceptical of the job, others who are enthusiastic, and even others who are outright obstructionist. It is important for all of those organisations – including the most passionate supporters – to rapidly show that they too can accomplish things that the organisation values. Normally, this entails displaying financial worth, but it may also include other facets of the organisation.
To begin building credibility and confidence with the company, figure out what those main drivers are and take on enough elevated, low-risk, and quick projects. For this reason, a project duration of somewhere around 90 days is suitable. Grand strategies and multi-year projects for how to change an enterprise have their position – at some stage.