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I agree with your point. We often blame capacity for why we are not doing one thing or another, but the reality is that the reason is never about capacity and is always about priority. Even if we had unlimited capacity our priorities would determine what we did and did not do. Even if I could do anything, I would do what I wanted. I would be driven by values, not by the fact than anything could be done. I think it's also better to talk about priorities, since we are then making our values explicit. This allows us to be focused on values, and also to have more useful critical reflection and feedback. Misdirecting the issue to capacity leads to mistaken emphasis on building capacity, which may cost an organization in focus. Better to stay focused on priorities by talking about priorities, by framing choices in terms of priorities and by justifying actions in terms of priorities.
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Apr 10, 2010