The next step is to discover the Underlying Obstacles – the things getting in the way of realizing the vision – the block or logjam – the underlying contradictions. T.S. Eliot said, “Between the idea and the action falls the shadow”.
Obstacles are sociological realities like structures, policies and operating patterns that say no to the vision. An obstacle is not a lack of something. A lack of money is not a contradiction, while wasteful spending priorities might be.
Discerning the underlying obstacles shows the doorway to the future. Although an obstacle can be the source of great pain for many people, an obstacle is not negative. When people come to terms with the real barriers they face, they can use them to leverage an organization into the future and open the way to creative strategies.