Category: Planning

Planning for Times Like These

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Most “modern” business planning owes a debt to Frederick Winslow Taylor. Taylor believed that planning was separate from execution and that “superior” people planned, while others did the work. Most of Taylor’s writing was about the factory. Many business planners seem to have that factory on  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: You just never know

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Whenever human performance is involved, trying to make exact predictions is pretty much a waste of time. Live with it. When it comes to human performance, be prepared for surprises. Observe and adapt is the best strategy. This is only one of 347 tips in my ebook, Become a Better Boss One Tip at a  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Don’t be a slave to the plan

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Sometimes (maybe most of the time) you will need to change your plan. Sometimes you will only need to change a little. Sometimes big changes are called for. And, sometimes, you will have to blow everything up and start over. Don’t be a slave to your plan. Remember that your plan was your best guess of how things should  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Play “What if?”

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The great bosses I’ve worked with are constantly playing the game of “What if?” in their head to help them prepare for “surprises.” Think of it as ad hoc scenario planning. Ask yourself what might happen. Then figure out what you’ll do if it does. What if a key team member has health  »  Read More

New Year’s Resolutions and Reality Checks

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The ancient Babylonians were probably the first people to make something like New Year’s resolutions, around 4,000 years ago. In their case, the resolutions were promises to the gods to do something specific, like repay a debt. Today, New Year’s resolutions don’t have much to do with anything religious. Instead  »  Read More

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