The Army You Have

“You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” – Donald Rumsfeld

Maybe you can see ten steps down the road to how your project could be perfect. Maybe you know just what needs to happen. (You’re wrong. But let’s pretend.) You still need to move a team in that direction. And not just any team, but the team you’re working with right now.

Even if the powers that be have a moment of clarity (They won’t.) and decide to put you in charge of the project, giving you complete authority and control, you’ll still need to move a team in a direction. You can’t do all the work yourself. (And you shouldn’t want to.)