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In Any Business Activity Plan on Herding Cats

November 26th, 2017 by hutdogs

How to Herd Cats

We conduct many workshops and events every year. We are always trying new ideas and testing our limits. Most go smooth as silk. Some go much better than expected. Then there is that one event that reminds you to never let your guard down. There is no autopilot when it comes to herding cats.

On paper things can work perfectly. Diagrams flow to next position. If /then logic makes perfect sense. Spread-sheets provide the “golden snapshot” of activity. Activity advancement smoothly stair-steps in a logical motion. Growth is obtained by ramping up your projected activity. Budgets somehow appear. And so on. Plans and projections have such potential and promise yet all those thoughts on paper can have its limitations.

Enter the human factor.

As much as we would like to predict and control what others will do or think, we need to plan for the unexpected and assume that it will happen.

The only way to plan for the unexpected is to simplify your plan. Even if the original plan seems simple, take a step back and see if you can reduce or eliminate a step or two or ten. Build in an escape or a fast adjustment. Be ready to improvise. Add in the “what if” factor and always remember, that no two people think alike and everyone thinks they are right.

So how do your herd cats? You don’t. Save your efforts for what you can control. You have control over your content and your message. You have control over what you accept to learn from your actions. And you can control how you move forward by what you have learned.

Also, know that sometimes, it’s best to let the cats roam free and simply tap into that energy.

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