This past spring, my son gave me an article “How to Shoot 3-Pointers, in Less than 48 Hours” by Tim Ferris. It caught my attention, as I have always been miserable at that skill. I grew up playing basketball before there was a 3-point line and shooting from the hinterlands put you on the bench. So I asked for a new basketball for Father’s Day and went to work.
I learned the proper shooting form, I learned how to use my feet to get distance, and I learned to line up my dominant eye through the ball above my head with the basket. Abracadabra, I was making 3-pointers consistently for the first time in my life. On a good day, I make close to 50%, although no one is covering me. This 58 year old is not a threat to Steph Curry.
The most important factor of the 3-pointer was the line of sight. When my line of sight is set up correctly, I make between 70 and 100% more of my threes, when it’s not I might not make 20%.
Which bring me to business strategy. Do you have a line of sight from your business that lines up what you are doing right now with where you want to be 1 year from now, 3 years from now, 10 years from now? Are your actions right now aligned with that line of sight? Are your actions setting up future actions that are in the line of sight. Does your team consider your company’s line of sight in all their decisions? Are you communicating your line of sight?
A big part of strategy thinking and execution planning is creating the line of sight and aligning your resources and people around it. Rock & Sand by yours truly, and Scaling Up by Verne Harnish are the books and methodologies I use and recommend you employ to set up your organizations line of sight.
For shoot 3-pointers, I recommend Tim Ferris’s article and 30 minutes of shooting three times a week.
Just to prove I’m successful at this, I asked my daughter to take this video of me taking a three in my back yard. I’m proud to say we did it in one take!