A while back I watched “Rob Roy” and wrote an entire blog post about how we can learn some interesting business lessons from the way the character played by Liam Neeson survived sword fights.
The post sucked. Maybe my nicely crafted bullet points with a situation and takeaway seemed like a good idea at the time, but reading back into it, I sadly realized… “this is crap”.
It was a good movie, just probably not good blog/mashup material. So maybe the lesson from this whole exercise isn’t about how winning sword fights can also help you win at business, but how we shouldn’t be afriad to abandon something that’s no good.
I spent two hours writing that blog post. I knew it was no good and considered publishing it. And didn’t. Have you ever been tempted to launch something that was not good simply because you spent time on it? Is your company carrying around business processes because someone spent time on them?
Time to get ruthless! Not “I’m going to be rude and hurt people’s feelings” ruthless, but being “honest with yourself” ruthless. If you know something is crap, admit it and determine how to decrapify it or get rid of it. That’s what Rob Roy MacGregor would have done.