To Manage Your Expectations, First You Need to Know What They Are
Thursday 28 January 2016
We all use words that tell us about the results that were achieved and whether our expectations were met, missed or exceeded. Surprised? Disappointed? Delighted? The only way you can experience these emotions and others like them, is to have an expectation in mind. And the ONLY way you can teach your organisation to learn from the future, is to first, identify what your expectations are...
And WHY those expectations exist.
But too often inside organisational settings, expectations are identified AFTER the fact, and frankly, that is little more than throwing a handful of 'hope dust' into the wind and letting your future land where it may.
Knowing what your expectations are in advance encourages/forces you to be accountable. Being able to show WHY those expectations are valid depends on the extent to which you have questioned your assumptions and the information you have relied upon to form them.
Managing your expectations and taking control of your future means knowing what they are and why. Organisations MUST actively scan the environment around them for early signs of change. If all you do is rely on 'trend' reports, you are ALREADY LATE to dealing with how the world may be unfolding. Significantly relying on trends gives you just one choice - join it or miss out. But what if the trend is not where you want to go? Well, sadly your unstated expectation(s) will not be met. Too often relying on someone else's 'trend' is handing control of your future over to someone else
Which means the options are 'Be Controlled' or 'Take Control'. You Decide.
I'd suggest that controlling your future is a preferable path for many - know what your expectations, and why, by testing your assumptions and your information sources. Only then can you begin to manage your future. Best of luck
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Monday 27 February 2017
It's been a significantly busy couple of months looking at how Industries and Government Agencies are preparing for change. The Companies versus Climate Change conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in November/December, and a meeting with the Political Science Department at the University of Hawaii (Manoa) in January show that positive action is happening, despite some of the headlines
Saturday 31 December 2016
Many of you know that each year I make an observation about what I think the year will bring. The track record suggests I'm usually a couple of years ahead of the curve. With that said I'm calling 2017
Monday 12 December 2016
In Ft. Lauderdale USA I recently attending a delightful provocatively named 'Companies Versus Climate Change' conference. And the message is clear - companies, BIG well known companies are tackling the issues of climate change, sustainability and their carbon footprints and both making and saving VAST sums of dollars. The simple take away message from the presentations over the three days could not have been more explicit - tackling climate change pays off big time!