Moving the Fence

The story goes that during World War II, a small group of American soldiers asked if they could bury their fallen comrade inside the fenced cemetery next to the church. The Vicar had denied the request as only burials within the fenced cemetery are allowed for church members. So, the American soldiers buried their fallen comrade outside the fence.

The next morning, the American soldiers returned to pay respects but could not find the grave. They asked the Vicar where the grave had gone and the Vicar responded that he regretted declining their request, so during the night he moved the fence.

Now more than ever, we need to step back and decide if or where our fences need to be moved. Re-assessing what is effective today is essential in this ever-changing world. As we discussed in a previous newsletter, disasters can happen, so we need repeatable processes that create sustainability and growth.

We can look at opportunities that encourage us to “move the fence” to an improved state. What “fence” do you need to move? Here are some to consider:

  • Is it time to reassess your existing processes to ensure they are still relevant, effective, and working as intended as we discussed in a previous newsletter?
  • Does your Business Continuity Plan need an overhaul? Do you even have one? See a previous newsletter for insights into this.
  • Is some of your Staff still working remotely? Has this impacted your ability to be consistent in those tasks that are critical to your success? Our August blog discussed the reasons why consistency is needed.  
  • Do you need a fresh set of eyes to look at how you do business? With the challenges Organizations are facing, turning to an external Resource can provide added value.  

Now is the time to take a step back and look at your operations to identify what “fence” needs to be moved. Aldridge Kerr can provide a structured approach to assessing your operation to see what “fence” requires immediate action.