Activity and action

DOSE is evolving.

Whirring away in the background.

Of it’s own accord largely, based on embracing opportunities as they arise within a self-defined framework of constraints. Less about micro management and more about macro development. Letting growth occur where it will rather than carving to a defined plan from the material itself. Adding not subtracting.

Why do I mention this?

Well, because these phases, and there have been a few for DOSE as I’m sure there have been for your own organisations, tend to be full of change that others can’t see to begin with. The change is hidden and then when everyone is ready it is shown to others.

We work a lot in that space with clients, helping them to transform their ideas into reality.

You may be in a similar mindset right now or at least recognise this kind of thing from your own experience. It happens at a personal level too. Leaders often find themselves ahead of the curve. Evolving their thinking before anything tangible actually happens.

There is a difference between activity and action though, which it’s useful to understand.

You can think of it like this. Activity is doing things. From day to day. Moment by moment. It maintains the status quo. More of the same. Faster, cheaper, better but the same. Action is changing things. From time to time. When it is needed. It alters the status quo. Something new. Different, more fitting, better and new.

Others might say it’s the difference between doing things right and doing the right things.

Some might prefer that it’s more the gap between doing things better or doing better things.

Whichever way you look at it there is a difference between being active and taking action. We are all active. We are all doing things all day long. For some that activity aligns with how they want to spend their time and for others it doesn’t. It might align with what fulfils you professionally and personally or it might not. It’s equally relevant for leaders thinking about their organisations. It’s not uncommon to find, when you look, that your team are very active but with things that don’t make much sense.

Now that you have that distinction in your mind have a look at your activity. Or your teams activity. Or your organisations activity.

Think about whether it matches what you are all about. What is needed. Where you want to go.

If not then take action.

Change it.

Action happens less often but is more impactful. Action can be a new of thinking. It can be coming up with a new vision. It can be planning how that vision can become tangible outside of your head. It can be making it real.

Which brings us back to where we started.

In an unforced way DOSE is very active and is lucky to have been that way for the past couple of years. It’s been allowed to grow as it will. Moving towards that which is good, sustaining and aligns with the people involved. Action is happening alongside that activity. Visions are forming. Plans are developing.

We can’t wait to share with you.