Wednesday, July 8, 2009

keep people informed: asg seven

As you begin to execute your already big vision, make sure you keep people informed along the way. This is probably my biggest weakness, and it hurt me in big ways. I'm really good at working things out in my head, getting a plan together, and starting work. The problem is you begin moving a fully loaded ship forward without giving the crew and passengers time to get ready. We've all heard the mutiny stories that take place on ships, and I'd bet a lot of them happened because a captain tried to move the ship without informing the crew.

Get someone on your team who GETS the vision and understands your mental direction who can put everything together in outline form. Make sure this person has skill sets that are opposite of yours. For me, I need someone who can think about small details. You may need someone different. The reason this is important is so you can walk someone through your plan before going public. If it's a person that's opposite of you, they can think about the aspects of the plan you haven't even thought of. I can't tell you how many times I tried to move something forward before getting buy-in from key people, and as a result the ship ended up going in reverse.

After you talk through your plan with the key person, then inform the rest of your team, and eventually the entire school or organization. You need to give people a little bit of time to get ready for the newness of your idea, and also to gain momentum before moving forward. While this is true, in school world the year goes by SUPER QUICK! Especially in hind-sight! So you don't have time to waste! Do the planning for the entire year during the summer if possible.

Keep people informed. Test your ideas before pushing them.

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