Lesson Category: Prioritizing, Planning, and Executing

Inspirational Quote: Niccolo Machiavelli

“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” Niccolo Machiavelli

Sample Project

There are many ways to plan and lead a project. There are formal methodologies and a number of tools (ranging from free to very costly) to help organize and lead a project. Project management is an advanced discipline. The nature of projects and project leadership can be complicated. For example, projects such as moving a data center, building …

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Project Planning Tips

Planning a project can be complicated. The three techniques that we use, which can be built into almost any project management system, are: (a) Reverse Planning, (b) Estimating Time, and (c) Simple Use of Buffers. Reverse Planning The common method of identifying project tasks is to begin at the start of the project and think about the …

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SMEAC

SMEAC is an acronym that stands for Situation, Mission, Execution, Administration and Logistics, and Command and Signal. SMEAC is known as the 5-paragraph order and is the basis for how the United States Marine Corps communicates a mission, a project, or even a smaller task. The value of SMEAC to the Marine Corps is that …

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Growth Activity #2: Be Strategic

Leaders at all levels must know how to lead from a tactical perspective and a strategic perspective. Consider the key points you’ve learned about strategy in this last section. Answer the following questions and upload your responses in the assignment box. What have you learned from the concept of Strategic Planning that you can act …

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Why Strategy Execution Fails

Having a great strategy is only part of the leader’s strategic responsibility. The other part is being able to execute the strategy. We draw five important lessons from a Harvard Business Review article by Donald Sull, Rebecca Homkes, and Charles Sull entitled Why Strategy Execution Unravels-and What to Do About It. They list five myths about …

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SWOT

This is a classic MBA-type of technique. Sometimes it is overused and frequently it is incorrectly used. The SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) is of no value if it is done in isolation and not integrated into the process of developing strategic action or plans. Strengths: List 3-5 internal strengths of your organization. Weaknesses: List 3-5 …

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