The planning session was almost over. The team energy was pumped up. Well, all except for Audrey. Her expression was only remarkable in contrast to the upbeat tempo of the rest of the team.
“Audrey, what do you think?” I asked. She was startled, the question was unexpected.
“What do you mean?” she said.
“You are a senior member of this team. You have been around. We have been working on this plan for a couple of hours, what are we missing?”
Though Audrey had been thinking, she had not prepared herself to share these thoughts.
“You are right. I think we are missing a big step here,” she finally said. “I have seen plans like this fail before. Here. In this company. The plan sounds good. It is a worthy target, but we have to get there. We can get all excited, give stump speeches to all of our work groups, but until we translate.” She stopped. “Yes, that’s the word. Translate. We have to translate this plan into the things we do every day to make this happen. If we don’t figure that out, time will go by and we won’t see the progress we expect. We have to connect our everyday disciplines to this larger plan. If we don’t the plan will fail.”