Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Part Three Introduction: Apply the Stall Buster's Guide in Eight Steps

Part Three

Apply the Stall Buster’s Guide in Eight Steps

In using this part of the workbook, we suggest that you focus your attention throughout the next eight chapters on the opportunity you identified in chapter three of the workbook to create large amounts of benefit for your customers and end users. You should also plan to explore the five best ways of acquiring the resources and skills you need to be successful that you spelled out in chapter four.

The biggest mistake people make when first working on 2,000 percent solutions is to select opportunities that offer limited benefits from a 2,000 percent solution. As an extreme example of this, one CEO told us that he wanted to work first on improving his compensation system. A far better choice would have been to improve some aspect of performance and to begin on the compensation system as part of step seven of the eight step process.

A 2,000 percent solution requires following all of the eight steps outlined in part two of The 2,000 Percent Solution in the order described there.

As you answer the questions in this workbook, you may find yourself wanting to have a little more background on a particular step. We encourage you to reread the relevant section in The 2,000 Percent Solution. The eight step process begins with chapter 9 and continues through chapter 16 in that book.

Since you will repeat answering the questions in this part, we suggest that you be sure to keep your completed workbook. In future repetitions of the process, you will benefit from rereading your earlier answers. To preserve this opportunity for repetitions past the first one, you should also plan to keep your notes on how you answer these questions in the future as well.

As you pursue these eight chapters, you will find a shift in focus from The 2,000 Percent Solution in some parts of the eight step process. We have made these modifications to reflect what has worked best for our clients and students since we wrote the book back in 1998. We hope you will find these adjustments to be helpful to you as well.

Copyright 2005 Donald W. Mitchell