For today’s #FridayFeeling, some perspective on why process matters, a brief historical lesson on martial arts kata, and why strategy and tactics often get mixed up.
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In today’s Friday feeling some some Friday morning ramblings I suppose on process. Now I don’t particularly enjoy process. I like to just do things experiment with things and tinker with things and that’s fine for exploratory stuff that’s fine for
innovation and and just trying out new stuff where it’s not fine is when you need to go from development to production where it’s not fine is when you need to be able to demonstrate to someone that you’ve done something that has an impact and most important process and the documentation process is fundamentally about being able to repeat success when you’re innovating when you’re trying new stuff whole bunch of times you’re gonna fail miserably. And that’s okay. That’s part of the process of innovation. But at a certain point you’ll you’ll hit on something successful. And at that point, if you don’t have things written down and documented and set up then you kind of almost have to reinvent the wheel and the next time you go do that, which again if you’re doing innovation for innovations sake. That’s fine. If you’re trying to accelerate growth, if you’re trying to create new product new service or something like that, then having to start over from scratch every single time is really ineffective. Can you imagine
going to the grocery store and and trying to get the week’s worth food and instead of having a grocery list just try and remember what’s in your house every single aisle, you’re going to end up with a host if you didn’t want and probably missed by half things he did want so having that documentation is important and what got me thinking about this was musing about strategy tactics execution and measurement how people mix those things up and how they’re poorly defined in most people’s minds strategy is, you know, why are we doing the thing and and where are we going tactics or what choices are we going to make to get somewhere and the execution is how we going to do the thing and then then doing the thing and then measurement is did we do the thing
and where people get mixed up as they they confuse all these pieces,
they’ll say something like, what’s our Facebook strategy. Well,
what do you mean by that. And I’ll say, well, you should be doing live video and things and that’s not strategy that’s tactics. Those are making choices what choices, you’re going to make to do the thing strategy is why you’re doing the thing in the first place. If Facebook is facebook even somewhere you should be. If the answer is yes, then cool we can make choices about what you do on Facebook and how you’ll do it and then measure the success of why you’re doing those things but that confusion about strategy tactics execution measurement is indicative of a larger problem with how you think about process. The best example I can think of this about why process matters is actually from the martial arts there these techniques in the Japanese martial arts is called content where you just kind of do stuff if you punch this way and your block this way in some arts or you have a partner and you’re moving around and you know one person throws your person tries to counter the thrill and these kata these techniques are
our process documentation, because in a lot of cases they are rooted in
sort of outcomes from the battlefield. So send 100 soldiers out on the battlefield and like two guys come back and you go to those two. So guys, what would you do like everyone else didn’t come back. Why did you guys come back. And so I did this and the guy did this and and he fell on the sword and I didn’t. Okay,
well it’s write that down. Let’s practice that let’s refine it let’s make it better. And over time, it becomes these models these ways of documenting successes and that’s what process is when you do it well in the business for the purposes it’s intended for is you’re documenting success so that you can repeat success and you can improve upon success over and over and over again. If you don’t have things written down then you kind of try struggling to try and remember what you did the last time I worked or you’re reinventing the wheel from scratch.
as onerous as process. It is when it’s being used appropriately in the organization you’re documenting your successes. One of the things I love to do personally is I have a gigantic PowerPoint deck of all these different models and frameworks and stuff like that. Things that are I’ve used in the past I’ve worked on or built or in some cases I’ve seen other people use successfully and that binder that slide deck is process documentation. This is how other people succeeded at Facebook or Twitter or pay per click ads or marketing strategy. And by having that when I encounter someone who’s running into a problem can say this is the process that I’ve used in the past with the process. Other people used in the past to succeed at the problem you have maybe we need to tweak it or adjust if your particular circumstances but generally this is the recipe for success, quite literally a recipe and so having that means that I don’t have to kind of reinvent the wheel or guests or or hope I remember all the details for something. So just pull out the cookbook say this is the recipe for success for the situation and it contains the strategy. The why the direction the goals. Take contains the tactics. The What are we going to do what choices are we going to make and then the execution how we’re going to do it how we’re going to measure it. How are going to keep on time and on budget and things like that.
If you don’t have some form of cookbook for your own career now is a great time to start one
actually 10 years ago was a great time start one or whenever your career started but may as well start now start putting together your cookbook of strategic success of
the goals, you’ve set out to accomplish and the direction you went to accomplish those goals in each strategy in each recipe of this process where the tactics, the choices you made while the choices you opted out of for that situation or why did you make those choices
execution only. How did you
the timeline. How did you choose the budget. How did you stick to those things. How did you how many meetings. Did you have how many meetings to just say we’re not going to have meaning for that
and then the measurement. How did you measure the success of what you’re doing. And if you put together this sort of framework this sort of process documentation these these martial arts techniques of marketing, if you will,
then every time you run into that situation, you not only can solve the situation, but you can also demonstrate to somebody to reassure them to give them the confidence, hey, we’ve done this before. I’ve done this before I can make this thing work for you if you’re hunting for a job if you’re if you’re on the career search having that cookbook and carrying it along with you is a huge advantage because you can demonstrate to somebody who’s interviewing you. And hey, this is how I’ve succeeded in the past. These are all the different ways that I’ve been able to make something work and they look at that go wow this this lady has really just done a phenomenal job or where this guy has has really done a phenomenal job and has documented that their successes. When you’re pitching to win a sale or to win new business depending on whether you’re in a product or industry or a service industry,
having that that cookbook of success of frameworks that work impresses upon people that you’ve done this before and that they are safe in choosing you because you have the cookbook. And again, even the cookbook itself is going to improve and iterate over time, but having having those those documentation of your successes makes a huge difference in in convincing people that you are the right choice for whatever it is that you’re you’re pitching them for. So
those are the Friday feeling thoughts about process, the importance of process and the documentation of it. Make your own cookbook make a cookbook of your successes and even if you start out with just one recipe that’s okay. That’s the best place to start if you do that eventually over time you will build up that book of book of business in the process. That’s the shows that you are a successful professional and that you can get the job done. Thanks for watching, as always, please subscribe to the YouTube channel into the newsletter and I’ll talk to you soon. Take care.
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