A half-dozen reminders from the road ofimprovementto keep us moving
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Six reminders from the road,with the intent to lighten your load.
Incorporate slack If we are at maximum capacity the smallest issue can have a gigantic impact. We need to ensure we have slack in our rope, capacity inour system, unscheduled time in our schedule,and issue acknowledgment in our expectations. If we must have everything go right for our plan to work, we have set ourselves up for unnecessary pain and suffering. Things go wrong, but they do not need to be given extra inﬂuence and impact. Incorporate slack.
Give it a goMost improvement requires action. Taking the ﬁrst attempt can be scary and hard to do. We need to make it happen. We should plan andprepare, but before long we need to give it a go. Most times we will not see the end of the road success we seek, but we need to get started. If we never start, we guarantee that we will not improve. We often fall to waiting to be ready, we need to get started. Give it a go.
Be observantWe need to see. We need to see details, trends, abnormalities, possibilities, problems, and potentials. This starts with being observant. Through watching and questioning, we can come to see. Observations change based on our orientation and what we are looking for.We can work on seeing through doing, testing, and tracking. Start looking around you,practice seeing differently than you normally do and note what you see. Be observant.
Make improvementImprovements come in all variety of sizes andshapes. The size of the improvement does not foretell the impact it will make. Most improvements are made. We need to be making them. They better our situations, increase our capacities, remove ourannoyances, improve our moods and open our paths. We must not be waiting for another todo what we can do. If we cannot do, we need to ask for help. Make improvement.
Try again To start we must try, to ﬁnish we usually willhave needed to try again and again. This doesnot mean we should continue trying things that don’t work, but rather we need to learn fromour attempts, make adjustments and test again. If we set our expectations that this will be the requirement, we can recognize and celebrate our progress, plan and chart our course, and chase and reach our goals. Try again.
Regularly refuel your ﬁre Our ﬁre gets us started on the road of improvement. We need to keep that ﬁre burning to help us keep moving down the road. Fires require oxygen and fuel. We need to refuel our ﬁre on a regular basis to keep it burning strong and hot. Do you know what your fuel is? Do you know how to refuel? Ifnot, what is your plan to ﬁnd out? If so what is the plan to make it regular and repeatable? Regularly refuel your ﬁre.