It is so easy to get sidelined and demotivated when working on a project. It is part of the human condition! New research* reported in Harvard Business Review provides some tips on ways to help boost your motivation: *Set Goals with Intrinsic Rewards. When the accomplishment of the goal itself is desirable, motivation tends to be more sustained. The motivation to work … [Read more...] about Motivational Booster Shots
While I preach and preach about the importance of having an excellent, coherent strategy I cannot deny the overwhelming importance of great execution. In recent weeks I have worked with two top leaders (both women incidentally)who are fantastic at execution - which has driven this home. The importance of being able to GSD (Get Stuff Done) is always vital, as two friends of … [Read more...] about Execution Beats Strategy?
The three most important questions that your strategy should answer are: *What products/services/programs of value are we going to provide and to whom? *Who do we need to staff the provision of these products/services/programs? *How will we finance all of this activity? An organization should have at least one strategic goal which relates to each of these … [Read more...] about Implementing Integrated Strategy
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