Manual To Do Lists don’t tell you what is happening

by Dr Neil Miller 23. February 2011 12:47
For many years, time management has focused on various methods of creating and completing personal ToDo lists.  While a personal ToDo list helps you to know what you should be doing, it doesn’t provide the context you need to know what is happening around you.  You need this information to better understand how you can make the best use of your time. Unfortunately keeping a personal ToDo list up to date up to date takes a lot of time and effort.  So we usually have little time for keeping track of the actions other people are doing that are relevant to us. The problem we... [More]

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Get Strategies Adopted

by Dr Neil Miller 17. February 2011 14:34
Getting strategies adopted by relevant people is usually critical for success.  In some cases, a successfully adopted strategy may be essential for survival. Most strategies not only need to be done; but they need to be adopted by the people involved.  Consequently a key part of implementing a strategy has to be a means to make it easy for people to both implement and adopt the strategy. A strategy is adopted when the people involved no longer see the strategy as something new.  A simple test is to ask a person how they do a job that is directly affected by the new strategy.&... [More]

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Reducing the Costs of Introducing a Strategy

by Dr Neil Miller 11. February 2011 16:04
A strategy has two broad types of actions:  the core actions that are an integral part of the strategy and enabling actions that are only required during implementation.  Enabling actions include meetings, phone calls, emails, face to face coordination, creating personal lists so core actions are not forgotten, feedback so people involved know what is happening, and reporting. When implementing a strategy many of the people involved are usually doing other tasks.  Consequently the time and effort they can devote to the strategy has to fit in with everything else. So strategy ... [More]

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Enablement is the key to strategy success

by Dr Neil Miller 9. February 2011 11:36
When implementing a strategy, you need to engage with all the people who need to contribute.  However engagement is not enough.  You also need to provide people with simple methods and tools that enable them to contribute in the best way. Most people are keen to contribute, but find it hard to sort out what is happening and what they need to do.  Enabling people to quickly create one page plans of how they can meaningfully contribute is a powerful first step. Planning lets people focus on what they can actually do to achieve a specific goal.  Good plans fit easily into ... [More]

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