A dozen questions every contractor should ask

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Based on the thought process used to train people in the best Leadership training organization in the world, the US Jaycees (aka the Junior Chamber).
This process can be used for managing projects, to building businesses, to establishing a personal life plan. Simply ask the questions, answer them, write down the answers, and keep a journal

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A dozen questions every contractor should ask

  1. 1. It’s a great day to be here! March 8, 2008 Albany, NY
  2. 3. <ul><li>Your Attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Your Actions </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Make your bed! </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Meditation/Thought/Prayer (Internalize) </li></ul><ul><li>Advice and Counsel (Can you help me?) </li></ul><ul><li>Wisdom (The need to know more) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Association </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Understanding (AHA!) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research/Trial & Error/Wisdom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback & Fellowship </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Taking chances (Time for action) </li></ul>
  5. 7. <ul><li>Life </li></ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual area </li></ul><ul><li>Physical </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional </li></ul><ul><li>Golf game </li></ul><ul><li>(well, it really doesn’t do all that…) </li></ul>
  6. 8. <ul><li>Based on the following techniques of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implementing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluating </li></ul></ul><ul><li>12 things to ask </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><ul><ul><li>A) PLANNING </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>1. What is your vision? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Mission statement </li></ul><ul><li>3. Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>4. Goals </li></ul><ul><li>5. What are my resources? </li></ul><ul><li>6. What is my budget? </li></ul><ul><li>7. What steps do I need to take? </li></ul><ul><li>8. What are the potential problems and possible solutions? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>B) IMPLEMENTING AND EVALUATING </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>9. Keeping a journal </li></ul><ul><li>10. What changes did I make and why? </li></ul><ul><li>11. How did I do on my goals? </li></ul><ul><li>12. What would I have done differently, or next time? </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>What is your vision? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your what </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dreams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do you see it or envision it? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mission statement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your why </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What really drives you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is your purpose? </li></ul></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>Objectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do I want to accomplish? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What benefits to I want from this? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the benefits of success? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Measurable and definable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dates, numbers, people by name </li></ul></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>What are my resources? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengths and weaknesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personality tests </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What do you work on? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>External resources…depending on others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Show appreciation at all times </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How are you wired? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What floats your boat? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What puts the zing in your zang? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What puts the zipidee in your dooda’s? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>What is my budget? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Projected income </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Projected expenses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a record of income and expenses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assets vs. liabilities </li></ul></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>What steps do I need to take? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In logical order </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are your priorities? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the urgency? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the importance? </li></ul></ul>
  13. 15. <ul><li>Identify your problems, but don’t live there </li></ul><ul><li>No big deal… </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t get baked in the squat </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming as a skill </li></ul><ul><li>What are the potential problems and possible solutions? </li></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>Keeping a journal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Record your progress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Changes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ideas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Successes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Be appreciative of others </li></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>What changes did I make and why? </li></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>How did I do on my goals? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List each goal and critique it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify how your strengths and weaknesses played into the accomplishments of your goals </li></ul></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>What would I have done differently, or next time? </li></ul>
  18. 20. <ul><li>Getting things done in life is usually based on a formula (or a process), whether we realize it or not </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing and following the process helps us gets things done quicker and with greater success </li></ul><ul><li>Making a process second nature takes practice, practice, practice </li></ul>
  19. 21. <ul><li>Let’s get started on a project! </li></ul><ul><li>Lemonade stand </li></ul><ul><li>Pet sitting service </li></ul><ul><li>Screen repair service </li></ul><ul><li>Town Christmas caroling on the green </li></ul><ul><li>Mailbox repair program </li></ul><ul><li>Christmas party for underprivileged kids </li></ul>
  20. 22. <ul><ul><ul><li>A) PLANNING </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>1. What is your vision? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Mission statement </li></ul><ul><li>3. Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>4. Goals </li></ul><ul><li>5. What are my resources? </li></ul><ul><li>6. What is my budget? </li></ul><ul><li>7. What steps do I need to take? </li></ul><ul><li>8. What are the potential problems and possible solutions? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>B) IMPLEMENTING AND EVALUATING </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>9. Keeping a journal </li></ul><ul><li>10. What changes did I make and why? </li></ul><ul><li>11. How did I do on my goals? </li></ul><ul><li>12. What would I have done differently, or next time? </li></ul>

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