“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” Peter Drucker
Why are you doing every single thing you do each day?
Everything is done for a reason. If you don’t know why you are doing something, ask yourself why. Doing things for the sake of being busy does not mean you are being productive.
What do you want to achieve? How will you know if your idea/project is successful?
Everyone has an idea of what success is. Most people don’t write it down and even less tell someone else. The reasons for this are many but the problem is if you can’t tell someone else, its quite possible you haven’t thought about what “success” is on your idea/project. You need to be able to measure it.
What is the process flow from start to finish?
Once you can measure your progress, you need to know the general order from start to finish. This is important from a priority point of view. If you don’t know where to start, it is difficult to finish. You don’t want to complete something that can be done last only to discover things changed before you got there.
What are the overall stages/modules you need to complete?
Once the flow is in order, you can focus on individual stages/modules that need completion. Each stage/module will have overall phases within them. They may seen as mini project by themselves. Mastering the modules allows you to manage each section as a discrete unit. They key to this is having the right knowledge, experience and expertise at hand.
What is the next action to complete that stage/module?
This is where the real action happens. Every action should be purposeful and carefully planned. There doesn’t need to be any guess work here. Each action forms part of the stage/module and each stage/module builds from the overall flow of the project. If anything done hear does not add to the project, it should be removed.
People & Discipline
If you are not focused on your people, the business can really suffer. The right people with the right knowledge at the right time make all the difference to a successful project. You are no better off if you have the best process in place with the wrong people. People need to have the right skills and experience to deliver in their particular part of the project. Who has the technical skills? Who has the people skills? Who has the process and planning skills? How should this all be combined?
Thinking Into Results specializes in focusing on people but in a different way. Instead of processes, Thinking Into Results focuses on habits. What causes someone to know something and still not do it? What is the unconscious mental process that causes high achievers to perform? How do we form productive habits and break unproductive ones? These are the questions TIR can address.
This is not about discipline or motivation. Rather than be pushed forward with rules or high energy motivation techniques, TIR wants to “inspire the best”. People need to be drawn toward their goal. This can only done with personal, team and company goals that are aligned and empower individuals.
IT’S PART OF THE PLAN
In any endeavor, you need to have action steps. You should have an idea of how you will get there overall. Any gaps in knowledge, experience or process needs to be brought in from your mastermind. This is covered in Getting Connected.Contact us