If everything is important, nothing is important

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How often have you been part of a team that has a never-ending list of priorities? And how often did everything get done?
Last month, we discussed how to form a solid Envision statement, in the Envision-Design-Build-Activate (EDBA) goal achievement process. We are going to focus here on the second step of goal achievement: Design.
Design is about setting the right priorities and putting timelines in place that will enable goal achievement. With your Envision statement (your goal) in mind, write down the three things that need to happen and when, to achieve your vision. As Jim Collins says, “If you have more than three priorities then you don’t have any.”
What is the key to successful Design priorities? They should be succinct, actionable, include a success measure, and have a clear deadline. Avoid design steps that are ambiguous or that have a deadline too far into the future. 
The essence of Design is analytical, with attention to detail. Some people especially like to do Design-oriented work: 41% of the thousands of people who have taken the Strati-Pro survey have some Design preferences and 11% have Design as their #1 preference.
Analyzing situations and being objective are the two most preferred actionable inputs in Design. People on your team who get personal energy from Design tasks can be helpful when it comes to identifying top priorities and determining how to best measure their performance.
If you want to learn how to implement a proven goal achievement system, set up a five-minute call with us – and we’ll send you an eBook version of The Velocity Advantage (which is the foundation for EDBA) as a gift.


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