“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
–Dwight D. Eisenhower
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
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.”
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 that will be managed by others.
“Always, Always have a plan.”
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it.
Enlist your people: Improve, expand, and detail your goals.
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
For more information
- Warren Buffett: By Mark Hirschey – Work of Mark Hirschey, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link
- Dwight D. Eisenhower: By White House – , Public Domain, Link
- Johann von Goethe: By Louise Seidler – “Bibliothek des allgemeinen und praktischen Wissens. Bd. 5” (1905), Deutsche Literaturgeschichte, Seite 113, Public Domain, Link
- Mike Tyson: By Brian Birzer http://www.brianbirzer.com, CC BY 2.0, Link
- Rick Riordan: By Rhododendrites – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link