Category: Planning

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

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

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