New Year’s resolutions?

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions made? Lose weight, be more active, balance work/life? Things like that? Great, good for you and we hope you’ll accomplish them all.

Any point where you stop and review what you are doing and re-check your priorities is good. At your office, you should do the same. Take stock of what is on your plate, what is not moving forward and why not. I keep this easy spreadsheet that lists the topics/projects that need to be done. I have a column for what the result needs to be, a column for the status, a column for the obvious next step I should take and most importantly a column for why I am not taking that step,

That last column is crucial. You need to be aware of why it is that you don’t move the project forward. Often it has to do with fears for reactions from others, or resistance that you anticipate. Well here is the thing, unless you move, nothing moves and the project will continue to be stalled and you will continue to have to think about it and have it contribute to your workload and worries.

My recommendation is to make that list, review the columns and develop at least three strategies to take that next step. You’ll be glad you did!

Action: required and desired

To get anything going in your company, some action will be required.

Let’s kick some familiar open doors:

“There are costs and risks to a program of action, but they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” John F. Kennedy

So old but still so true

Also: “We judge ourselves by our intentions, others judge us by our actions”

So how do your create some action that will be successful and help you accomplish the goals? There are three main points to consider:

Understand where you are

It may now be known by my readers that I’m a stickler for Goal Clarity and understanding where you are means in this context, understanding thoroughly what the goals are and what should be done to accomplish them. Without that knowledge you won’t be able to develop any action.

Know your resources

Consider your network, your budget, your co-workers, employees and support services. Ensure you enlist whoever and whatever is possible to get support for your intended action. The first rule of management is “ask help when solving problems” so look around you to see and recognize the resources available. Great start-ups fail because they are underfunded or lack the proper resources to scale when the first wave of success rolls in. Don’t make that mistake but be prepared with all your resources.

Start!

Do something to start and let people know about it. Some teams take an inordinate amount of time planning the perfect action but alas when they get ready to take action the momentum is gone and their action, however powerful it was, has been sideline by a sub-optimal but quicker action of another team. Just get started. Take a small step, celebrate that you have started and move forward. Communicating your start is at the same time a good encouragement to continue. It is like going on a diet or stop smoking, if you share your intention you can count on your environment to “shame” you into continuing. Timing has a lot to do with creating an action that will be successful.

Power Timing

This is the age of Power everything, Power Friending, Power Broking, Power Management, Media Power, Consulting Power and even Power Dating.

Let me introduce Power Timing.

business peopleTiming can be a powerful enhancement of your management. Great ideas deserve great timing. Like your car’s ignition needs to be finely tuned to run optimal, likewise your ideas and projects, interactions and initiatives need to be timed for maximum impact.

Examples of great timing are the introduction of the ipod by Steve Jobs, and later the introduction of the Ipad also by Steve Jobs. The Ipad was surely not the first tablet to come on the market but the market had not been ready for a tablet. Steve Jobs hit the market exactly when it was ready with a product that was ready to convince many people.

You don’t have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it’ll go.
Yogi Berra

If a leader performs the wrong action at the wrong time, it leads to disaster; if he performs the right action at the wrong time, it brings resistance; taking the wrong action at the right time will be seen by people as a mistake and the right action at the right time will result in a success.

So not only do you need the timing to be just right, you also need to act and have the courage to do that at that very special moment when the timing is just right.

Power Timing is, like many things, 90% hard work and preparation and 10% inspiration.

To get the timing of your actions exactly right, you’ll need to have absolute goal clarity, be in sync with the leaders of the core business of your company to ensure you don’t time things that will interfere with core processes, have all your preparations done and ready to go, your budget, your team trained, your market research done, your technology up to date, your market intelligence optimized etc.

Next comes the 10% inspiration to find that perfect moment.

Some people do the preparation and jump into action, glad that they have done all the pre-work, some people continue to be uncertain about the right moment to act and continue to look for more data to reduce their risk, also referred to as “analysis paralysis”.

So is choosing the perfect moment luck? Some call it luck but consider this; are you really lucky or are you so focused on the opportunities that you spotted the right moment where others didn’t act?

You can make your own luck, you can create your own great timing it is a matter of Power Timing; hard work and clear focus.