You arrive at the end of your project. It’s done, finished! You can finally take a breather, you are proud but you don’t know why… You take a moment to reflect. Although the project is complete you have no idea HOW you made it. You think…..“Getting to the finish line could have been so much easier if I had done something differently; “If we made better choices, if we had a plan, used our resources? “
Have you ever had one of those conversations with yourself? Did you DO something differently the next time or did you do what a lot of people do? The Insanity Shuffle – The next time it will be different because I’m going to do the same thing. Operate around, through and over my process gaps which lead to progress gaps.
I define process gaps as gaps not lead by a vision; gaps not identified to address the workflow; and gaps that do not lead to the outcome. Progress gaps keep you farther and farther away from the outcome and result in inefficiency, ineffectiveness and inadequacies. Progress gaps delay, detain and destroy your morale, retention, and project/goal/outcomes.
If you are lucky to make it to the finish line- evaluate how long it took to get there, what was the cost and what could be done differently; then DO something differently!
One of my corporate clients is experiencing progress gaps due to poor planning and execution (process and progress gaps). They are experiencing these gaps because they have not taken the time to lay the foundation (preparation) for their major project and in turn use a Band-Aid effect in order to avoid correcting problems at the root. There are several things that keep them further and further away from establishing small milestones of success as they forge toward the big outcome. It is a constant struggle to keep the train on the track in order to avoid the train wreck that is quickly approaching.
I have identified 7 progress gaps that will delay, detain and destroy your project in the chart below. Just click the link to review and then evaluate your effectiveness, your project, your processes and your progress. I would love to help you become MORE effective.
Taunya A. Lowe, Ph.D. is the CEO of The Resurgent Group of Metro Atlanta, LLC and Director of Leadership Development for The Impact Experience, LLC, a human services and leadership development consulting firm located outside Atlanta, GA. Speaker, trainer, coach, with the John Maxwell Team, author, professor, entrepreneur, and, the Siegel Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Character 2013 Phenomenal Woman. She is a skilled change agent with a focus on developing people and organizations. She enjoys combining her photography and writing to motivate, inspire and lead people toward growth and change. Order her debut book, Wanna Start a Riot? Change. http://www.wannastartariotchange.eventbrite.com To learn more, visit our website http://www.theresurgentgroup.com and www.drtaunyalowe.com