There are at least four components that appear to be essential to the idea of success.
The first two have kept us alive on the planet since we first started walking upright. They are instinct and intuition and they are critical to sound decision-making. The next two are systems and processes. They are the foundation of consistency and have a profound impact on execution and implementation.
It would be great if things were static and life and business were not as fluid as they are. But that is not the case. Everything is in a constant state of flux, which creates the need for a technology to address this constant barrage of change.
One way to do that is by embracing a relatively simple ten-step process that begins with establishing a baseline. A snap-shot of where you are at any given moment in time. The second step in this process is to identify and then clearly define the problem. Once you’ve done that you can set out to determine the most likely cause of the problem you’re trying to solve.
The next step seems almost too obvious and that is: choose the best possible solution. We’ve talked about pre-mortems and just how important it can be to imagine what could go wrong with a potential course of action before you commit. This is where you catalog what could go wrong on the path you’ve chosen, and figure out what you have to do to prevent them from occurring.
After you’ve chosen a potential solution it’s time to execute and implement. Following that, you’ll want to stop and measure your results. Once you’ve taken those measurements it’s time to analyze and evaluate what those measurements are trying to tell you. Are you moving closer to your vision: your goals and objectives. Or, are you moving in the opposite direction.
And, because everything is constantly changing it’s likely you’ll find yourself back at the beginning of the process addressing another situation demanding positive change.instinctintuitionplotting a better course of actionpositive changepre-mortemprocesssystems