A weekly action idea to improve traction on your important initiatives by Stephen Wise.
The new and wonderful musical, An American in Paris, is doing the rounds. It weaves multiple love stories with a Jazz and Ballet fusion leading to true love outcomes.
Milo falls for Jerry, who’s in love with Lise, who is engaged to Henri. Lise shares mutual affection with Henri but falls in love with Jerry. Jerry’s friend Adam is also falling for Lise. Lise the ballerina, is oblivious she is the focal point of all the story lines. Despite the complications, true love wins out in the end.
In the opening scenes of the musical Jerry sets his strategy to find and win Lise. However he gets lost, becomes indecisive, and is distracted by other interests.
Has this ever happened to you in business? Getting lost in the details, uncertainty over the correct next step, or being distracted by new opportunities?
Unfortunately, I see it every day.
So, here is my guaranteed formula for success.
1. Focus on driving the outcomes
2. Accept Uncertainty
3. Agile Mindset
Focus on outcomes
Craft a hi-level plan. List the activities required to achieve the desired outcomes.
Accept uncertainty. Our ability to achieve goals proscribed in the plan can vary significantly.
Re-work your plan frequently. Consider changes in the environment and your leanings along the way. Switch around your priorities. re-evaluate desired outcomes to reflect new realities.
Weekly Traction Action
Fuse the improvisation of Jazz with the perfection of Ballet to manage your corporate outcomes.
Your weekly action:
1. Ensure all your desired outcomes have an accessible, hi-level, end to end plan.
2. Schedule regular times to evaluate whether you are on track and make course corrections to get back on track.
I recommend or implement these actions all the time on client initiatives. Hopefully, it will work to improve outcomes for you too.
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