Welcome to another opportunity to shed some light and learn some tips and techniques, strategies and some insights for the week ahead.
So, what do we do? Do we go planning or reviewing – is the question for today.
What do you do? Do you plan, or do you review?
Coming up to our next intensive where we bring all our clients together to go through a couple of these different strategies. And obviously, I’ve been working with a lot of clients over the last week.
So the questions comes, do we plan or do we review?
And the answer is both! Alright!?
Because what happens is, we can’t plan unless we review. We can’t review unless we plan. It sounds like a funny concept, and it reminds me of the question about which comes first – the chicken or the egg? But it’s so true. Let me explain.
How do you know where to go, if you don’t review where you’ve come from? Are you familiar with the saying about hindsight being 20/20?
The review isn’t so much about beating ourselves up on what we did wrong, or the things that we could have done better. That’s not the point in doing all of this.
While it’s true that we should not ignore our wrong decisions in the past so we would not repeat them, let’s not spend so much time on that during the review process. It’s getting the key wins, it’s getting the key lessons, getting the key aha! moments.
Once we get the review underway we can take a look at the different patterns and the different things that we need to change. We take that into consideration and start planning ahead. Armed with the knowledge of what works, and what doesn’t, we look at our vision and plan what steps to take to make that vision into a reality.
So, again – planning or reviewing? Do both!
The four core questions that we need to go through during a review:
- What’s working?
- What hasn’t been working?
- What are the key lessons?
- What do we need to be doing differently?
When we’re planning, we’re obviously seeing the big picture ahead. And then, we start to reverse engineer back to the key KPIs that we need to be achieving and also the three key projects that we will be working on.
Hope you learned something today. Love to hear your thoughts by commenting below.