It’s my conviction that any particular challenge or problem must first be situated within the overall architecture and strategy of the organization. How will this decision contribute to corporate objectives and group priorities? How will this task contribute to the immediate goal? Only after answering these questions can we address the specific issue confronting us - what is my role, and how can I be effective and secure buy-in from my colleagues? What defines a successful outcome, what resources are required to achieve that outcome, and how will all those involved be motivated toward the same goal.