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Ingredients to Successful Teams – Planning February 8, 2008

Posted by Darth Sidious in Uncategorized.
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Successful teams allocate quite a bit time to planning. They plot out in as much detail how they plan for something going down; they factor in what the potential risks are and how those risks will be mitigated.

They plan out all kinds of potential scenarios, whether they’ll happen or not, so that in case it does happen – they have the plan ready to go, all the thinking has already been done up front, everyone knows what to do… and it’s just execution at that point.

For example a Network team may plan out all possible risks – denial of service attacks, virus outbreaks, etc… and have all the plans ready if they do happen. They also make plans to prevent it from happening in the first place – but if it doesn’t happen, no one is panicking, they know what the game plan is.

We have our fleets of Storm Troopers practice our plans. Whether it’s an attack from the Jedi, or Ewoks whipping rocks at them… they’ve been ingrained with all the standard plans for all these things so when it does happen, all they do is execute (and we mean execute literally).

Listen. If you’re prepared to the best of your ability – whether you win or lose, doesn’t matter, because you’ve prepared to the best of your ability. The BEST of your ability, meaning there’s nothing more you could possibly have done, so the result (bad or good) is going to be what it’s going to be (of course, you should always be in a state of learning and improvement so that your best is always increasing).

Luck is being prepared for an opportunity…

Darth Sidious

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