It’s not fair. At some point, the systems you worked so hard to put in place to enable and accelerate progress actually become drags on progress by impeding your ability to adapt. Break the normal progression from no systems to weak systems to strong systems that help to too strong systems that hurt by relentlessly pushing outside-in thinking.
This is why leaders must spend as much time thinking, talking about and acting outside-in as possible. Those following you will put their energy where you put your attention. If you’re looking outside, they’ll look outside. If you’re looking inside, they’ll look inside.
There’s a choice to be made. If you like internally-focused soap operas, audition for one. If you want to lead your organization in a way that helps it survive and thrive, make sure it’s continually adapting to changes in your customers, competitors, collaborators and conditions.