Carl's Coaching Tips

Your Strategy Is In Your Schedule

Posted on August 29, 2013


However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”

--Sir Winston Churchill


Seventy percent of strategic plans fail.  They do not fail because the plan was poorly conceived.  They fail because the plan was never implemented!

You have a plan.

You know your "WHY." You know why you do what you love to do.

You know your "WHAT."  You know what is required for you to achieve success. 

You have a definitive "HOW."  You know how you will go about being successful.

But do you have a "WHEN?" 

Failing to time block for your "WHEN" dooms your plan from the start.

Look at your schedule of activities for the past week.  Can you find your strategy?  Will your strategy be in your schedule next week?  Or the next?

If you fail to commit to your "WHEN" you guarantee that your plan will fail.  Implement your strategy.  Put it in your schedule!

On the plains of procrastination lie the missed opportunities of those who knew the WHAT, HOW and WHY of their dreams but chose not to bring them to reality.  





© 2013 The Growth Group, LLC - All rights reserved. 

© 2013 The Growth Group, LLC - All rights reserved.

Inspect What You Expect

Posted on June 30, 2013

You need a cake for an important event, so you hire a baker to make one for you.  When the cake is delivered on time you’re happy.  But when you open the box and look inside you’re disappointed to find that the cake is not the size or shape you expected.  Your disappointment quickly turns to irritation when you find that the cake is not even the flavor you expected it to be.  When you confront the baker, however, he’s slightly confused: all you asked for was a cake . . . so he made a cake. 

You delegated the task.  You failed, however, to communicate your expectations

As a manager, one of your primary responsibilities is to delegate tasks.  However, to ensure that a task is completed successfully, meeting requirements and fulfilling expectations, it’s not enough for you to simply assign the task and wait for results.  It takes more. 

Start by clearly communicating expectations.  Make sure employees understand your expectations.  The “what” and “when” of the task are important, but so is the “how.”  

Inspect the task’s progress.  Once the task is assigned and the expectations are clearly communicated, be sure to inspect the progress of the assignment to ensure that it is moving in the right direction.

Respect the results.  When the assignment is completed, respect the results for what they are: the culmination of communication of expectations and the inspection of progress.  If an assignment fails to yield the desired results then, generally, a breakdown has occurred in one of the first two steps.   

Remember . . . employees respect what a manager positively expects and actively inspects. 

© 2013 The Growth Group, LLC - All rights reserved.

The Final Steps

Posted on April 30, 2013

While it is true that a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, it is the final steps that actually define the completion of the journey.

Three significant elements are contained in this sentence.

First, there is a journey, some place to go, a destination.

Second, there is the commencement of the journey.  Momentum is required to overcome the initial inertia.

Third, there is the completion of the journey.  Stopping short of one’s destination prevents an arrival thus interrupting the journey.

The journey must be worthwhile to the person taking it.  It must “fit” into their list of desirable reasons for expending time, effort and energy.  Just having a desire to do something is not enough.  One must begin making the journey.  Sometimes, getting started can be the most difficult part.  It may require us to move outside our comfort zone.  The destination can only be realized with completion of the journey.  Not all journeys are smooth, direct and without obstacles.  Staying the course, facing and overcoming obstacles and persevering to the end ensure a proper arrival and thus a completed journey.

Do you know where you are going on your journey?

Do you know why you are taking your journey?

Do you have the will power to get started on your journey?

Do you have the stamina to complete your journey?

© 2013 The Growth Group, LLC - All rights reserved.

We Don't Plan To Fail . . .

Posted on March 31, 2013

But we may fail if we fail to plan.


Imagine driving across the country without a map of any kind or taking a vacation without first booking tickets or reserving a room or even packing a suitcase.  Better yet, imagine trying to build a house without a blueprint.  How successful do you think these endeavors will be?

It doesn’t take much imagination to envision these scenarios ending in failure.  Why?  There is no plan in place. 

We don’t plan to fail, but we may if we fail to plan.

Whether you’re building a house or managing a team of employees, creating a plan is essential for a successful outcome of tasks.

Here are some basics to keep in mind:

  • Planning is goal-oriented.  Planning requires a firm understanding of the objectives to be met.
  • Planning is calculated and deliberate.  Once the goal has been established, the planning process begins, taking into consideration the time, resources, and strategy needed to achieve the goal.
  • Planning is pre-emptive.  Planning not only helps avoid potential pitfalls but it also anticipates them.  Creating a plan prepares for a variety of scenarios and how to react to them. It considers the road ahead not simply the destination.

Having a plan in place is a foolproof way to avoid the surprise and sting of failure.  It’s also the wisest way to ensure the satisfaction and elation of success!

© 2013 The Growth Group, LLC - All rights reserved.

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