Guest Andy Reed

12 Universal Activities, 4 Categories , 1 Ginormous Funnel

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While reading the first chapter I thought about the twelve (literally) projects sitting on my desk that are in various stages of completion - everything from actually writing a strategic plan to preaparing the organization to offer home equity loans again.   Then I came to the sentence, "there exists twelve universal activities that all leaders perform on a daily basis."  My first thought:  that's a little oversimplified, isn't it?  Flipping the page I saw the four categories, the activities, and the funnel.   And then I had to laugh, especially about the funnel.  Every day my thoughts jump randomly from category to category, leaving me feeling as if I've survived a mental tornado at the end of the day.  (As an aside, the mental exhaustion that comes from these daily mental tornados was the thing for which I was most unprepared when I became a CEO).   

In MBA school you are taught analysis, the actions to take to accurately define a problem, how to develop a strategy, how to implement tactics to deliver results, and how to measure results to define success or failure.   But you're not taught these activities have as structure.   I think ET will add value by providing a structure for thinking that will expedite completion of key projects.    

Probably gonna have to read the whole book now!  And it's a whopper.

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The book is not only lengthy but I found it to be a difficult read with the number of concepts, graphs, and cyclones (yes, you read that right). Sounds to me that you may need a Project Manager but if that's not possible I would highly recommend Chapter 3, more specifically the section about Projects and Managing Priorities. It has a lot of tools, practical tools one can implement.  

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On ‎6‎/‎25‎/‎2017 at 6:19 PM, Guest Diandra Murga said:

Sounds to me that you may need a Project Manager but if that's not possible I would highly recommend Chapter 3, more specifically the section about Projects and Managing Priorities. It has a lot of tools, practical tools one can implement.  

I agree with you on reading Chapter 3, Projects and Managing Priorities, maybe also revisit if all these projects are priorities if they can't be assigned other project managers. 

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Reading chapter one and seeing the Enterprise Thinking diagram with the cyclone gave me a bit of assurance that I am not alone with the familiar feelings, thoughts and frustrations in my day to day decision making and even just thinking experiences.  I often find myself being incredibly critical of myself because I haven't come up with that great idea to impact our buisness and staff and change our processes.  I look forward to learning more about the four categories and how I can grow and strengthen my abilities in each category but espcially in strategizing and forecasting.

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On Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 3:44 PM, Guest Andy Reed said:

  Every day my thoughts jump randomly from category to category, leaving me feeling as if I've survived a mental tornado at the end of the day.  (As an aside, the mental exhaustion that comes from these daily mental tornados was the thing for which I was most unprepared when I became a CEO).  

 

Although, I am not a CEO I certainly agree.  I find myself on many a days feeling absolutely exhausted by the mental tornados I survive day in and day out.  I find myself having to make a very intentional effort to focus on one thought/idea at a time.  I feel a sense of accomplishment when i can see one idea/concept through to completion, even if it's just a minor thought, idea or aspect of my task at hand. 

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