Category: Planning

Boss’s Tip of the Week: There’s always a trade-off

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Doctors call them side effects. They’re what you put up with to get what you want. Every time you make a choice or a decision there are trade-offs. So, think about them in advance to be sure you can live with the trade-offs. Look down the road to see what trade-offs might be lurking out there. This is only one of 347  »  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

Boss’s Tip of the Week: 3 Ways Not to Know

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There are always things you don’t know. Sometimes you know what you don’t know. That means you can find the answer. But what if you don’t know that you don’t know? That’s dangerous. You’re most likely to encounter this when you’re doing something new, like starting a business or  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Don’t plan too much, too early

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We tend to plan projects when we know the least about them. Hold off on developing detailed plans until you have some idea of how you work together and what the challenges of the project really are. Remember this: no plan survives its first contact with reality. Think plan, review, adjust, repeat. This is only one of 347  »  Read More

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

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