As a huge proponent of strategic planning for public libraries (see here, here, and here) I often struggle with finding the balance between being strategic while allowing for flexibility. It is important to follow your strategic plan, and not fall victim to trying, willy-nilly, every new idea that pops into anyone’s head. Such willy-nilly-ness is a recipe for disaster, in my cookbook. But, so is such rigid following of your plan that you miss profiting from serendipity and happy accidents.
I struggle with the same search for balance in my everyday life. It is important to have a plan, and a schedule, but it is equally important to be open to a last-minute change of plans. Sometimes you have to “Just Do It.”
As this post on Infoblog says, “Yes, careful planning is important; but there comes a point when ‘careful’ gives way to a kind of scrupulosity that means ‘stalling.’ You and/or the library staff may simply be stalled out by fear, rather than by a need for more helpful information or insights.”
How do you find that happy medium? When should you just do it? Ah, dear reader, if I knew the answer to that, I’d be a rich woman. Instead, I’ll just say each of us have to find that balance for ourselves and our libraries. Let me know how you find it.