#review&reflect: Taking a Look Back to Take a Step Forward with Planning and Preparation

“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials” ~ Seneca

This is TheSchoolHouse302 monthly #review&reflect, wrapping up our focus on planning and preparation and what we call organizational fitness.

What do I need to master to lead better and grow faster for more effective planning and preparation so that my organization is as fit as can be?

Master the use the R.E.P.S. for organizational fitness so that you can be sure that your initiatives are making real progress towards improved performance. Go back to review the model here

  • Reflect on the work being done to determine successes and failures.
  • Evaluate why the program or initiative is or is not successful.
  • Plan to make the necessary adjustments.
  • Solidify the plan by taking specific actions.

What should I read to continually learn and grow in the use of planning and preparation?

In our #readthisseries we featured works by author Jim Collins. Collins explains why some companies are built to sustain themselves and others are sure to fail. He get’s into five levels of leadership that make a difference, and if you haven’t read his works, you should pick up our three suggestions. Don’t miss #readthisseries: Organizational Fitness.

What does an expert have to say about planning and preparation?

For our #onethingseries, we interviewed Dave Telep, Director of Recruiting with the San Antonio Spurs. Dave’s interview is packed full of leadership advice, starting with specifics on how he plans and prepares for the Spurs’ season with a focus on teamwork. We then dive into a number of leadership “one things” that you can’t miss. It’s worth a second or third listen.

That’s our #review&reflect for planning and preparation. Take a look back to take a step forward.

TheSchoolHouse302 is about getting to simple and maximizing effective research-based strategies that empower individuals to lead better and grow faster.

Please let us know how R.E.P.S. works for you, what you are reading to improve yourself, and your thoughts on leadership and growth here on our blog and twitter.

Joe & T.J.

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