For years, sailors had to calculate longitude and latitude manually. One method to determine longitude was to measure the sun’s angle at noon. However, to find their longitude, they needed a time standard that would work aboard a ship.
The first dependable chronometer was the life work of one man, John Harrison, spanning 31 years of persistent experimentation that revolutionized naval (and later aerial) navigation, which accelerated the Age of Discovery and Colonialism. Until the mid-1750s, accurate navigation at sea was an unsolved problem due to the difficulty in calculating longitude.
Good things (and sea-change concepts) don’t always happen overnight. But instead, our obsession with the small wins over time, is what leads us to greatness and breakthroughs. In the book, “Where Good Ideas Come From,” Steven Johnson explores the slow hunch — the premise that ideas slowly form over time, not during lightning bolt “aha” moments.
Yes, aha moments do happen — but because of the instant-gratification world we live in today, people expect them to be the norm. Why? Because we can get — and are used to getting — almost anything we want every day. This idea has leaked into all parts of our lives: physical fitness, diets, business and learning, to name a few.
The reality, however, is slow leads to progress, success and breakthroughs.
The EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) Proven Process™ takes time. It’s a slow process. I tell teams it’s our obsession over the mundane tasks and processes over time that creates big wins. EOS takes a minimum of two years or more. It’s a space learning process that requires many tweaks — failures, successes and little steps. Soon, however, it becomes a way of life, where your worst days are better than your best days when you began the process.
In a vacuum, most companies are good at delivering their “thing” they do for customers. But most businesses struggle with how to properly balance the factors that drive the company’s direction — people, data, issues, processes and accountability, for instance.
Two years is a short timespan for any company to get what they want from the business. Stay the course, and play the small-win game. Soon, things will come together, and you’ll find your latitude and longitude.
Are you staying the course in your game?