The Ed Eppley Experience
The Ed Eppley Experience

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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 Mini log. Let professional management expert Ed Epley inspire you to take action on building a more sustainable, smart and healthy business. It's at Eppley back again with another mini log. Hey, you know what I know to be true? There's a few things that I know to be absolutely true. Most managers have never been taught to plan. Now that doesn't mean they don't plan. But most have not been formally taught a methodology for planning. So what they have is their version of what it means. So what I want to share with you is a way for your managers to plan for success in 2021. That more likely would help them achieve 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, my definition of planning is thinking in a...

...disciplined way about work that needs to be done. So if you agree with that definition and hopefully you will, then there's a certain kind of process we probably need to follow in order to be able to get that work done. And now I'm going to think about it in a very organized fashion. Number one. What's the future end state that we want? When this 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 if we did this work well, If this job or project was executed correctly, these two or three things would be happening. That's the future state. Then let's look at the current reality. Good, bad or otherwise. This is where you wanna be, 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 question becomes what are the goals that will advance us from where we are to where we'd like to be, and goals are simply...

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

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

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