The Value in Deviating From the Plan

How can changing the plan add value to the outcome?

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One of leadership’s greatest challenges is knowing when to stick to the original plan and when to change course. The ability to hear each team member’s voice, weigh different opinions, consider the data, and still make a definitive decision is a skill that comes from discipline and practice. Recognizing the difference between risk with a greater payoff and risk for risk’s sake is a key distinction. Kevin Sasson, executive director of SonLight Power, explains how he had to make a game-time decision for his team that had the potential to impact the lives of the people they served, his investors, as well as the reputation of his company. “Our willingness to adapt to the situation at hand allowed us to create an even greater story than we had intended,” says Sasson.

One of leadership’s greatest challenges is knowing when to stick to the original plan and when to change course. The ability to hear each team member’s voice, weigh different opinions, consider the data, and still make a definitive decision is a skill that comes from discipline and practice. Recognizing the difference between risk with a greater payoff and risk for risk’s sake is a key distinction. Kevin Sasson, executive director of SonLight Power, explains how he had to make a game-time decision for his team that had the potential to impact the lives of the people they served, his investors, as well as the reputation of his company. “Our willingness to adapt to the situation at hand allowed us to create an even greater story than we had intended,” says Sasson.
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Kevin Sasson

Kevin Sasson lives the dream: a wonderful and growing family, a lovely wife and fulfilling work. He also realizes his dream is tied directly to his faith and those who have helped him along the way.

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