Fail-Proof Action Planning Criteria.

Have a million ideas you want to implement but not sure where to start? Well, join the club!

If you want to start taking meaningful action, here are some criteria you can use (any one will work, or a combination):

  • Which idea is a ‘low hanging fruit’? (i.e. possible to implement immediately, with relative ease)
  • Which action/s are urgent and must be taken?
  • Which action (borrowing from Stephen Covey’s ideas) is important but not urgent? Don’t neglect these items, because if you don’t take action on these important-not-urgent matters, they have a funny way of becoming urgent!
  • Which action will provide most visibility (to you or the issue)? This is an especially useful concept when you’re a leader and want to demonstrate that you really are serious about a particular issue.
  • Which action, if taken, will give you the best ROI? (i.e. the best return on your investment of effort, time, money and other resources)
  • Which action, once taken, will create a large ripple effect?

And finally, the BIG one, the ‘core values’ criterion:

  • Which action, if implemented, will be most aligned with your legacy and the way in which you want to be remembered many years from now?

As you can see, there are many ways to look at the selection and implementation of ideas, and each has its own merit.

What criteria would YOU like to add?

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