Traction Tip: Predicting

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Nope, this isn’t a quote from Abraham Lincoln, but Alan Kay. The converse is from Yogi Bera, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” Where are you headed with your business? Does everyone on your leadership team know where you’re going? Are they, and all your staff, onboard and helping to get there?

The people in a business running on EOS® are. Their leadership teams create the vision and then communicate it over and over again, ensuring that it is “shared by all.” Why? Because we all believe what Patrick Lencioni wrote, “If you could get all the people in the organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.”

It takes more than a 10-Year Target™, or, in Jim Collins’ words, “the big, hairy, audacious goal,” (or BHAG). The vision needs to be broken down into achievable chunks, because, “The best way to eat an elephant…” OK, no more quotes. I promise.

Imagining the business in the 3-Year Picture™, setting your 1-Year Goals, and then assigning company and individual Rocks (90-day objectives), sets the business on course to achieve the future you want. Now you need to monitor progress against them on a weekly and quarterly basis, verifying that the owner of each Rock is on track with it.

Set goals. Segregate them into long- and short-term. Communicate and share them with everyone. These steps are critical to realizing your vision. Be intentional, otherwise, your life will merely be accidental. You can quote me on that.

How are you at predicting? Let’s Talk

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