We’ve all seen the TV docs do a postmortem to figure out why and how a victim died so the NCIS detectives can catch the bad guy. A lot of organizations will conduct a postmortem after a big event or project has concluded to do an evaluation (though I prefer an After Action Review, since I hope no one died while implementing the project). Research has demonstrated … [Read more...] about Conduct a Premortem
Once you set a goal and you make a plan, then you should set two types of milestones – Process Milestones and Impact Milestones. I notice that most people do not set milestones and when they do they only set Process Milestones. Process Milestones are periodic check-in dates in which you look at your Action Plan to see if all of the action steps are being followed. You can … [Read more...] about Process & Impact Milestones
Picking up from Part 1, to align culture with strategy to achieve mission impact, at Bethany College we executed an action plan to build the preferred, new culture keeping the best of the “clan culture” (charming small college) and adding elements of innovative and competitive cultures. As a result, the distance from where we began to where we were going created a … [Read more...] about Tug-of-War: Strategy vs Culture (Part 2)
The implementation of traditional Attainable goals is straightforward. By definition, you figure out how you are going to accomplish the goal while you are setting it. Usually this means that there has been a certain process you have been using in the past that you are making some incremental improvements to. Based on your projections of how well those improvements are … [Read more...] about Implementing Almost Impossible Goals
Strategy? Yes. Plans? Yes. Strategic Plan. No. Not exactly. What organizations need is a Strategy – an overarching general explanation of how they are going to guide their performance during the coming years. Then they need to build specific Plans to implement the Strategy. The Strategy should be targeted toward Strategic Stretch Goalsthat are designed to significantly … [Read more...] about Strategic Plan? Oxymoron.