Unprecedented Does NOT Mean Unprepared
Not many would deny we are living in unprecedented times. We have had our personal challenges which may have included working from home, kids at home on zoom and not seeing family and friends. And we have had our business issues which may have included adjusting to a remote workforce, staffing shortages, and inventory issues.
But it is time to stop using this unprecedented time as an excuse for not moving forward. And for those that have already moved on from this excuse, they are seeing more and more success. Why? Because they have realized there are always going to be roadblocks on the way to success and planning and preparing to overcome them leads to results.
If we look at recent history, the last 20 years, when was the last time we have not lived in unprecedented times?
Other unprecedented times in recent memory include civil unrest from protests on various political and social issues, the housing crisis, several wars, 9/11, not to mention the increase in number and velocity of natural disasters, all of which have had impact on our personal and business lives. It is no longer a matter of IF we will be living in unprecedented times again, but simply a matter of WHEN.
The most successful leaders will prepare and be ready for the next issue, no matter what it is. This does not mean predicting the future. It means taking data and trends and combining them with experience, intuition and feedback from colleagues and peers so you are equipped to navigate through any major event. It means planning and preparing for both positive and negative business changes and being able to pivot smartly to take advantage in good times and quickly correct in bad times.
It may sound easy, but this exercise requires a good amount of introspection. To help guide this activity, I have developed the 5/5/5 Self-Assessment, available as a free download to use right now. This is the same assessment my most successful clients have used to provide them clarity and empower them to better prepare for the future.
It asks the question of “What do you need to learn, unlearn, and relearn?” but goes infinitely deeper.
The 5/5/5 Self-Assessment
The 5/5/5 Self-Assessment is the perfect starting point for those feeling:
The 5/5/5 Self-Assessment begins the incredible journey of success by first examining the past and the present and using this insight to prepare and plan for the future. By taking the time to reflect, it will reveal the areas that need to be addressed, worked on and improved.
This 5/5/5 Self-Assessment could be worth millions of dollars if you take the time to do it and allow it to work.