The Ed Eppley Experience
The Ed Eppley Experience

Episode · 8 months ago

Planning for Success in 2021


I was formally taught a wonderful methodology for planning work in a way that made it easy to remember, could easily be shared with others, was tremendously practical and improved my capacity to get things done. Listen to this Minilog and in 5 minutes this process can begin to work for you!

Welcome to the Ed Epley experience Minilog. Let professional management expert Ed Epley inspire you to take action onbuilding a more sustainable, smart and healthy business. It's at Eppley backagain with another mini log. Hey, you know what I know to be true? There's afew things that I know to be absolutely true. Most managers have never beentaught to plan. Now that doesn't mean they don't plan. But most have not beenformally taught a methodology for planning. So what they have is theirversion of what it means. So what I want to share with you is a way foryour managers to plan for success in 2021. That more likely would help themachieve what you want them and need them to achieve now. First of all,let's talk about what definition of planning would be, And for me, mydefinition of planning is thinking in a...

...disciplined way about work that needsto be done. So if you agree with that definition and hopefully you will, thenthere's a certain kind of process we probably need to follow in order to beable to get that work done. And now I'm going to think about it in a veryorganized fashion. Number one. What's the future end state that we want? Whenthis work is completed? What's the outcome? So start with the end in mind.Start with. And, uh, really quantifying these 234 things would be happening ifwe did this work well, If this job or project was executed correctly, thesetwo or three things would be happening. That's the future state. Then let'slook at the current reality. Good, bad or otherwise. This is where you wannabe, totally objective as best you can. This is what's working in our favor.This is what's working against us. Now that we have established, if you will,a gap between the current reality and this end state, the next questionbecomes what are the goals that will advance us from where we are to wherewe'd like to be, and goals are simply...

...gnome or than an outcome with a date atthis time, the discipline thinking we need is not worrying about who would doit or how simply what needs to happen by when for us to advance from thecurrent reality to the one we'd like next step actions. This would be nowhow we would see the goals actually getting executed. So this is where wewould get into the who, the what and the how. And this allows us to thenthink about. Do we have those? Resource is the right people that can actuallydo the work required to make progress on our goals. Now we would step backagain. Now that we've gotten into the goals and the action steps and look atthe overall timeframe, is it too aggressive? Is it not aggressive enough?Do we actually need toe make allowances? Because things need to happen quickerthan what the plan will currently allow for? Or should we give ourselves moretime and more room for air? But that's where the timeframe becomes the nextstep to really think about. Is it...

...appropriate for what we're trying toget done? The next step? What's the business case for doing this? Now thatI've gotten clarity about what needs to happen, who would do it when it shouldbe done? This is where we make the analysis of Is the juice worth thesqueeze? Does it make sense financially to put these resource is in play to getthis work done to get to this outcome, or should we rethink whether we shoulddo it at all? And then the last step? Plan B. If we do this and it doesn'twork, what's my fallback? What am I gonna do? Thio, if you will still getthe work done knowing that the first attempt wasn't successful? So hopefullythese steps make sense. If you want more details, certainly reach out to meand ed at the Epley group dot com, and we'll try to get you more details. Buthopefully what this process will do for you is help you help your teams be moresuccessful in 2021. That's it for today's mini log. Thanks for listening.

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