Here is a simple but very effective tool that David Rock shares in his must read book 'Quiet Leadership'.

The Choose Your Focus model has five different ways we can think about or communicate about any project.  The model helps us to recognize which angle we are thinking from and then allows us to choose another way to think, or allows everyone in the conversation to be talking from the same angle.  This simple model is helpful in any conversation or meeting.

1. Vision: Vision thinking is about the "why" or "what."  It is the big picture of what is your goal or what are you trying to achieve.

2. Planning: Planning thinking is about how you are going to...

Recently I was reading 'Fierce Conversations' by Susan Scott and came across this helpful analogy she calls the 'Decision Tree'.  I have used this while coaching others to help them process what kind of decision they are grappling with.  This model gives clarity to employees about where they have the authority to make decisions and take action.  It also provides a path for growth and professional development, and personal accountability. 


The Decision Tree:-

Leaf Decisions - Make the decision.  Act on it.  Do not report the action you took.

Branch Decisions - Make the decision.  Act on it.  Report the action you took daily, weekly or monthly.

Trunk Decisions - Make the decision.  Report your decision before you take action.

Root Decisions...

When it comes to developing a product or service, we seldom get it exactly right the first time.  In ' The Personal MBA' written by Josh Kaufman, he suggests the use of an Iteration Cycle to make things better over time.  Changes and revisions bring the project one step closer to what you are trying to accomplish.

He lists these six major steps which he calls the WIGWAM method:

1. Watch - What's happening?  What's working and what's not?

2. Ideate - What could you improve?  What are your options?

3. Guess - Based on what you've learned so far, which of your ideas do you think will make the biggest impact?

4.  Which? - Decide which change to make.

5. Act - Actually make...