Plans, Part 2. Engage your Team.

“None of us is as smart as all of us.”

–Ken Blanchard

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

–Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is an American businessman, investor, speaker, and philanthropist. He has donated more than $27 Billion.
Warren Buffett is an American business person, investor, speaker, and philanthropist. He has donated more than $27 Billion.

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

–Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower was a U.S. Army five-star general, statesman, and 34th President of the U.S.A. He served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was a U.S. Army five-star general, statesman, and 34th President of the U.S.A. He served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe.

Now that we have foundational purpose and goals defined, and we’ve assessed our people and places, we can begin to share our goals with our people and get their help and support.

This will help us improve our goals and product designs, and it will give our team members the opportunity to become committed members of our team who will help us meet our goals.

“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.”

–Johann von Goethe

Johann von Goethe was a writer and statesman who lived in the late 1700s and early 1800s
Johann von Goethe was a writer and statesman who lived in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Plan your purpose. Plot your path. Perform and produce.

Things don’t always go as planned, so it’s helpful to have someone in our corner, who you can rely on to support you and keep you moving in the right direction.

“Everyone’s got a plan until he gets punched in the mouth.”

–Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is former heavyweight boxing champion, and was the youngest boxer ever to hold a heavyweight title
Mike Tyson is former heavyweight boxing champion, and was the youngest boxer ever to hold a heavyweight title.

As we begin and create our first product descriptions, goals, and plans, we will occasionally alter those in response to learnings, and to take advantage of new opportunities and challenges that arise.

After you’ve defined your purpose, identified your people (team) and places, it’s time to continue work on your elements of the plan and hand off ownership and execution of the plans you will direct others to manage.

“Always, Always have a plan.”

–Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is an American author who wrote the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. 30 million copies of his books have been sold in 42 languages. Photo by Rhododendrites - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69689009
Rick Riordan is an American author who wrote the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. His books have been printed in 42 languages and sold 30 million copies.

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it.

Enlist your people: Improve, expand, and detail your goals.

Share your goals broadly and courageously. (Overcome your fear and take action. Overcome your feelings of hopelessness and take action.)

Share your goals with others, and ask for their reaction and support.

One of the values of diversity in teams and brainstorming is: others have a unique perspective that enables them to see how to improve our work. If nothing else, they bring a set of biases and beliefs that are not constrained by OUR personal history, so they’ll speak of the things we won’t, and they’ll not be bound by the beliefs and assumptions that have restricted our thoughts and actions.

Involve the following:

  • Supportive family members and friends.
  • Core team members.
  • Extended team members.
  • People in online groups and forums.
  • People in your Mastermind group
  • Facebook group members and friends

 

Next: Click here and Practice everything you’ve learned

 

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