Strategy and the Cheshire Cat.

On reviewing an article on operating model choices – I researched a phrase which is a slight mis-quote from Lewis Carroll – ‘if you do not know where you are going, any road will take you there’.

It describes the futility of operating model work without strategic direction. It was used to suggest a good strategy is essential prior to design. The real passage has a similar meaning and is apt.

‘Cheshire Puss,’ she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. ‘Come, it’s pleased so far,’ thought Alice, and she went on. ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.‘I don’t much care where—’ said Alice.‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.‘—so long as I get somewhere,’ Alice added as an explanation.‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.’

Pretty much sums up a lot of business change – enjoy!

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