It actually just hit me a couple of days ago that I had not defined Inteco’s success. I had heard the advice countless times but, in different words. I kept been told define what does growth mean to you and I replied well, duh!! it is machines.
In my personal life I refused to join the rat race. I was not chasing to accumulate things for the sake of it. I was not going around chasing more money for the sake of having more. As much as I have changed I realized my work life was a rat race. I had not defined what Inteco’s success was. As a result, we were just growing because we were told that is the natural progression of a business. I had no point of reference of success thus, I was never going to be satisfied.
I had always said success was when we saturate the market or when girls know about their sexuality and they were comfortable talking about it. But, I never had any numbers. It was just a vague idea I had in my mind. Because it was vague it was not measurable. Therefore, I had no idea when and if Inteco was successful.
It is fine to dream like this. So I thought. I never wanted my dreams to have limitations. I never wanted to be told I cannot put the machines in Mandera. If I could dream it I could do it. That has been my motto for the last three years. However, I have learned that there are benefits in defining a dream and in my case success.
Now that I know my scope of impact or success I am better able to plan myself and Inteco’s resources. I know where to divert the team’s attention. I know how to phase out the growth better now. The dream is still as big but, it is designed in phases now. As a result, I do not feel stagnant or failing.
Defining success has helped me understand what Inteco was designed to achieve. I had been so focussed on the bottom line. The numbers in terms of currency. As much as these units of success are important I never mentioned them when I was describing success. I talked about the value of life of these women Inteco was serving improving. I mentioned the level of confidence I imagined this girls would have. I was focused on impact. Even this impact I want to go further and define it. How many girls is successful? How many schools will we partner with? How many counties? How many partners? All this as a holistic approach and more specifically during my tenure at Inteco as its head.
Until next time,