This is a continuation of a new blog series that I started last week, which will run over the next couple of months. As a brief refresher, my goal is to write a blog on one habit per week, so technically we should get through all 7 habits in just shy of 2 months. The content for this series has been developed over many years and hundreds of client projects. In fact, in addition to applying the habits to all of our client projects, we often speak on these habits as part of a larger session we call “CPR”, where we discuss project rescue and how projects can avoid having to be rescued. The ultimate goal here is to present these habits in a short and succinct manner, so that you can have clear takeaways to immediately put into practice on your projects.
If you arrived here and have not yet read the first blog in this series, I would encourage you to start there. I have provided a link below to the first habit that we looked at last week.
Habit 1: Chart Your Journey
Habit 2: Stay The Course
So, without further ado, let’s jump in to the third habit.
Habit 3: Invest In The Unseen
As you probably remember, in Habit 1 and Habit 2, I used the analogies of a road trip. As I move from the trip itself to the individual components of the trip, this habit will take a look a some of the aspects of the trip that will determine success or failure. I realize that this is stating the obvious , but trips (or projects) do not complete themselves. It takes “unseen” things to make it all happen, and that is where this habit will focus.
On a road trip, there are items that will be critical to the success of your trip, but are not always items that are seen or that you pay a lot of attention to (but you should). Two quick examples would be the engine and tires for your vehicle. The engine is what powers your entire trip. Without it, you are dead in the water. If you haven’t taken care of your engine, failed to changed the oil, are running low on antifreeze, or have an engine with 200,000 miles on it, you are taking a risk by venturing on a cross-country trip with this engine. In addition, it is just as important for your tires to be in good shape, before you venture out on your journey. We could find many more of these “unseen” factor that will literally make-or-break your trip. The same is true of projects.
Now, let’s move from the road trip to the project, and take a look at two ways that you can dramatically increase your chances of success:
At the end of the day, there are many factors to the success of a project, but I truly believe spending a little more time on the people, process and platform is one of the most important things you can do to set yourself up for success. I hope this third habit has been helpful and relevant. Again, the goal is to keep these short and sweet, so my desire is that you will be able to take away a few nuggets of wisdom and experience from this series. Stay tuned for habit four next week!
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