Chapter 8Understanding—and Fixing—the Gap between Lines for Trajectory Realignment

In the same way that organizations do, individuals must understand the Gap between Point B and Point C. This is what helps them recognize what work, action plans, matrices, accountability mechanisms, alliances, and commitment are necessary to bridge that Gap—and then to get back onto a healthy trajectory. Though this can be a very painful experience, understanding how to chart the bridging Lines to get back on track is critical to generating meaningful ROI (return on investment).

The faster an individual can recognize leaving Point A that they are off trajectory C route, off track in essence, and what they are doing if extrapolated outward in a time sequence of immediate future time needs and time frames, or intermediate or long-term time frames will cause ever increasing problems. Then look for the immediate bridges that can be created and deployed to recalibrate to trajectory C success. The longer one waits to create and deploy a bridge, the further outward on trajectory B pathway one becomes, the greater the work will be to re-align and get back on trajectory C endeavors and the greater the resistance will be from others.

It is useless to look back and contemplate what could have been, should have been, or might have been. Any Gap makes it clear that 1 percent calibration and recalibration opportunities closer to Point A in the circled zone (see Figure I.1) were missed. However, it is a very ...

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