Warnings

Warnings

Ask the important question: What might go wrong?

Most plans fail and the reasons for those failures are not usually all that surprising. The problem is that few people stop to ask what could go wrong.

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Problem Solving

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Your Destination

Before you do any more detailed planning, before beginning to discuss or actually take action, determine what success would look like, what needs to be accomplished.

What will success look like? What problem are we trying to solve? What will be different when we are done?

Your Roadmap

Write down the big picture Roadmap (the various dimensions of the project) so important components will not be forgotten and unnecessary steps will be eliminated.

You will be able to work backward from the destination, review your objectives, and debate various approaches before getting bogged down in the detailed steps. 

Taking Action

Identify the tasks that must be accomplished. You need to know: what, who, when, how and how well.

The most common mistake here is stopping with the What and Who. 

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The Piechart of Time

Useful for identifying the most optimal ways to spend your time.

The pie chart represents the total amount of time available within a chosen period of time. The time is limited and because it reinforces the idea of scarcity, you are forced to prioritize.

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Failed career changes often involve throwing in the towel too quickly.

You can’t make life or career change without significant effort, time, commitment, and usually some substantial money.

Use a SWOT Diagram
  1. As a framework for your initial analysis, use a SWOT diagram. 
  2. With input from executives, customers, and external market data, you can quickly categorize your findings as Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) to clarify your current position.

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