Category: Planning

New Year’s Resolutions and Reality Checks

  |   Planning

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

What’s your story for 2017?

  |   Planning

New Year’s is a time for resolutions and goals and all manner of plans. Let me suggest an alternative. Block out the story of what you want to do in 2017. Start by looking backward. Your 2017 story starts with 2016 Yep. That’s right. You’ll do a better and more realistic job of projecting forward into 2017 if you  »  Read More

Project planning lessons from home renovation

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It’s a little crazy at my house this week. Workers are here doing all manner of renovation. There are big things, like repainting and putting in a new electrical circuit. There are medium things, like replacing a ceiling fan. And there are loads of little things like replacing switch plates that were ever-so-stylish  »  Read More

Plan, review, adjust, repeat

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No plan survives its first contact with reality. That’s my paraphrase of an often-paraphrased Helmuth von Moltke quote that: “no plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force.” No one seemed to have heard that advice when I was coming up in business. In  »  Read More

Why people would rather plan than execute

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In their marvelous book, Execution, Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan say: “Execution is not only the biggest issue facing business today; it is something that no one has explained satisfactorily.” Execution was published 2002 and things haven’t changed all that much. Executives, investors, and authors  »  Read More

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