5 Questions To Get Your Company and Life on Track

A client shared 5 questions with me that they use as a basic template to move things forward in their company.  They work for a company, a department, or for your personal life.  They’re simple, challenging and direct.  Here they are:

  1. Where are we now?
    • What trends do we see out there, what are our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats?
  2. Where do we want to go?
    • What are 3 top goals for this area?
  3. What’s in our way?
    • List the roadblocks and challenges.
  4. How will we get there?
    • List 3 strategies that will get us there.
  5. How will we monitor progress?
    • List up to 3 measurements.

Let’s apply this to your personal life.  Let’s say you want to reclaim your time because you feel out of control.  You might answer the questions something like this:

  1. My life feels hectic and out of control. I’m spread too thin and don’t do anything well, and my family pays the price.
  2. My goals are to 1) Feel in control of my life 2) Have better family relationships.
  3. I say yes to everything and everyone. I’m over-involved and need to cut back on some of my commitments.
  4. I’m going to 1) List all of my commitments for a given week 2) Prioritize them in order of importance, putting family at the top 3) Decide which activities I’m going to stop doing in the next 3 months.
  5. I’m going to ask my spouse to give me feedback on my renewed family commitment.

Pretty simple.

Try the 5 questions in your company, department and personal life.

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