Making smart moves toward any goal requires that you ask yourself three main questions: Does the activity move toward the vision? Does the activity create a flexible platform for future activities to move further toward the vision? and Does the activity provide enough of a payback/return/savings (financial and other) so that we can continue to make smart moves?
These questions are adapted to Whistler2020 here to help assess and guide decisions about existing activities and new proposals.
1. Does the activity or proposal move Whistler toward its vision of success and sustainabilty?
2. Does the activity or proposal build a platform to launch future activities or proposals toward Whistler's vision of success and sustainability? In other words, does it at a minimum support continuous improvement opportunities?
3. Does the activity or proposal provide an adequate return on investment so that future activities or proposals toward the vision of success and sustainability can be considered and implemented?
Asking these three questions and providing evidence/projections of the outcomes are critical to making smart moves toward our vision. If you don' t think a specific decision or action results in the three outcomes above then ask the person making the decision to explain how they think it will.
What about trade offs?
There will be short-term tradeoffs along the way to any vision. Tradeoffs occur when a step toward one aspect of success and sustainability means a lack of progress toward, or even a short-term step away from, another element of success and sustainability. Therefore, tradeoffs must be short-term and the initiatives that cause tradeoffs must be stepping-stones for future progress toward sustainability so that the tradeoff can eventually be avoided completely.