You might need to take a long hard look at the things you are saying yes to and the things you are saying no to. Do you sometimes feel like a rabbit? Bouncing back and forth in what could be described as anything but a straight line?
Are you utilizing a routine for yourself that you can follow so you can stay on top of the work that you are responsible for? If not, time to take some of the medicine you are prescribing to your clients.
As practicians of the methodologies we teach others we do a couple of things.
First we build more credibility to those we are working with, what is good for them is good for us too.
Second, it allows us to free up our creativity to think more critically about the big problems that we are supposed to be helping to solve.
Third, it helps us see where our personal strategy is disconnected from the bigger body of work we have.
I want to focus on the third point. One of the things I wished someone would have taught me when I started down this career path was how to translate these tools into a workflow and schedule for myself that made sense and also gave me some autonomy.
Now I’ve figured this out on my own after years of trial and error. Lots of missed deadlines early on, and not a lot of understanding behind the reasoning for that.
What I have discovered is that I didn’t actually have a personal strategy that I could be executing against that uses the same principles that large organizations use to deliver results.
What I am talking about is having my own personal hoshin kanri plan. Having a regular cadence of reviewing the breakthrough objectives I want to have professionally was missing from my everyday work.
I didn’t realize how critical this is to have until I really started to understand the meaning behind how hoshin can really help you. A lot of the time, people will talk about hoshin as being abstract, esoteric and super complex.
To a certain degree, it is complex. But there are ways to explain it simply and easily execute if you develop the discipline to follow it.
Building out a plan for yourself is just as important as developing a flight plan if you are a pilot. You need to know where you are heading before you leave the ground. This will help you make adjustments once you have taken off. Miss this step and you will likely fly around trying to figure out where to land.
There is a better way for you to approach your personal strategy than to leave it up to chance or to the decisions of others.
I’m looking for 5 Continuous Improvement Professionals who want to be a part of a Case Study where you will learn how to build a personal workflow strategy.
Step by step I’ll show you exactly what to do. It’s simple and it works. This isn’t a DIY self-paced course, this is going to be live 1:1 and group calls.
We start the week of March 7, 2022.
If you want to learn more type “Workflow” in the comments below or send me a PM and I’ll message you more details.
“Those who chase two hares won’t even catch one.”-Japanese proverb
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