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THE BIG RUT
WHAT IS THE BIG RUT?
The Big Rut is unique in that is an 'invisible' danger zone in the growth Lifecycle. From the outside, everything appears ok - great even. An organization in The Big Rut can be very large, very well resourced and outwardly successful, while in fact on an irreversible decline in to irrelevancy and the final stage - Death Rattle.
"Escaping from The Big Rut is such a rare occurrence as to be statistically negligible."
- Les McKeown, Founder and CEO, Predictable Success
"If anything ever happens around here, we’re ready for it."
The 3 Key Challenges in The Big Rut
LOSS OF URGENCY
Organizations in The Big Rut demonstrate an impregnable resistance to change. Most organizations that make it in to The Big Rut have become so large, asset-rich and institutionalized on the way there, that they can resist any so-called 'change agent' that comes their way.
MAINTENANCE OF THE STATUS QUO
There is a massive commitment to preserving the status quo when in The Big Rut. Compensation and benefits are zealously guarded, and adherence to 'how we do things around here' is the central cultural imperative. There only way to change this is to decapitate the organization.
LACK OF VISION
Organizations on the path to The Big Rut lose their Visionary leadership along the way - usually in the preceding stage (Treadmill). However, merely drafting in another Visionary leader from the outside won't fix the problem as they will ultimately be 'rejected by the system'.
Build The Team You Need to Get Out of The Big Rut
A key element - in our view, the key element of achieving successful growth is in building the right team. Here at Predictable Success we've uncovered the precise combination of 4 specific leadership styles needed to move through each one of the 7 growth stages in the growth Lifecycle. Getting out of The Big Rut isn't easy - in fact, it almost impossible. If you are to stand a chance of achieving it, here's the team you will need:
You will need to find a Visionary - someone who thinks at the 30,000' level, sets the overall strategy and direction, and who is prepared to take on on a substantial challenge.
Visionaries become easily frustrated with detail and the 'nitty-gritty' of execution, so they will need multiple Operators - ruthless finishers who get things done.
Processors install and maintain systems, policies and procedures and will already be over-represented in any organization that is in The Big Rut
Synergists help avoid internal conflict, but if you want to get your organization out of The Big Rut, you will actually need a lot of internal conflict to achieve that.
ARE YOU TRULY SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING OUT OF The Big Rut?
Because of the immense resistance to change it engenders, getting out of The Big Rut is close to impossible, and can only be achieved with momentous effort.
By far the most successful way to increase your chances of getting out of The Big Rut is to enroll in The Predictable Success Acceleration Program - a proven, time-test, highly cost-effective Program that will not only accelerate your move out of The Big Rut, it will be your constant guide an companion as you return all the way back to Predictable Success: