About this time of the year, I spend a lot of time reviewing information from the past year and where we need to focus in the coming year. What I am finding out through this process is that I certainly can look at numbers and they can stare right back at me.
The best way to be effective in the planning process is to get others involved in the process. People always have a different slant on things. The trick is to incorporate all of these ideas together and then look at future projects and objectives in a whole new way.
This is the next part of planning. I have learned that new projects must be achieved using new methods and must have results that are much different than the results currently being received. When working with others, it is so important to get people to look outside of their current situations and look for ideas that are not so easy to define.
I talked about using pictures as a tool to accomplish this effort. I am also finding that adhoc meetings are also getting people out of their comfort zones. In addition, taking a little time to do some pre-planning of the agenda helps drive the discussion and keeps it focused on looking for potential ideas and ultimately solutions.
Setting goals and deadlines is also important to insure projects and ideas are implemented in a timely manner. Many times this important step is left out and as a result the ideas get recycled over and over.
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