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Posted 22 March 2013 by Chris FarmerChris Farmer

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How well are you doing when compared against your performance at the same time last year?
How well are you doing when compared against your goals that you had set for yourself?
How well are you doing when compared against Perfection?

Here is another question:

What must you do in order to improve on your current situation?

In order to improve on the current situation, you must learn to: avoid obvious errors, make excellent decisions, quickly solve problems, make the necessary adjustments and implement rapid improvements, (changes).

Here are some universal principles:

First universal principle: Continuous improvement

No matter what is the current situation improvement is always possible and should be taken.

Second universal principle: Nature's law of disordered (Entropic) change

There is, in nature, a tendency towards an increase in disorder and chaos: This is natures "law of entropy".

Third universal principle: Change management is our progressive response to natures "law of entropy", (increased disorder and chaos), and also our means to achieve continuous improvement

Don't just stand there! Try something else!

Repeating what you did last year, doing nothing different, is a recipe for disaster because, if everything has a tendency to move, and you don't move, then "doing nothing" invites decay and disaster.

Staying the same is impossible.
If you are not trying to improve, then you must fall behind.
Staying the same is regressive.

Here is the goal:

To use the principles of continuous improvement by means of progressive change management, in order to fight natures natural "law of entropy" and in order to make tomorrows situation better than the current situation.

What is Continuous improvement?

Continuous improvement is the philosophy that no matter what you have now, it could be improved upon, and therefore it should be improved upon.

What is meant by "Entropic change management"?

"Entropic change management" is the process of countering the tendency towards things breaking down, becoming more disordered, wearing out and failing, over time.

Entropic change management is the minimum requirement. It is what we must do in order to ward off certain defeat.

What is meant by progressive change management?

Progressive change management is the process of improving whatever can be improved, as a matter of principle, forever. Remaining "the same" relative to your environment is impossible. The environment is never static. So, if the competition, or the economy, or advancing technology or the political circumstances are changing, then we must continue to change, and evolve, in order to simply keep what we have!

To increase what we have, we must improve.

The method of continuous improvement.

By what means can we involve ourselves in the process of continuous improvement?

Memorise this formula now!
"Purpose. Plan. Action. Feedback. Change."

Success is an expression of the success formula.

All successful goal-directed action is an expression of the same formula.
All successful goal directed action; follows the same identical steps;
Purpose, plan, action, feedback, change.

Let us look at each of the five steps.

1. The purpose

Step one is: Clarify your purpose in clear written statements that you review every day. Be as specific as possible.

Step two is....

2. Formulate your best plan in writing

Gather the best information available and formulate a detailed written plan.

The written plan acts as a blueprint to guide your daily actions.

Then take step three......

3. Take decisive action on the plan

Remember, a plan will not work unless you do!

For every action there is a reaction.

All actions have consequences.

  • Some actions work well.
  • Some actions don't work well.

Which leads us to step 4.....

4. Be keenly aware of the feedback results that your current actions are creating

Most plans do not work first time.

Notice where your current actions are "on target" and where you are "off target".

  • Where is your plan working well to produce good progress?
  • Where is your plan not working and not producing good progress?
  • Where is your plan going badly wrong and is useless?

When the feedback is in, ponder the meaning of the feedback.
Never mistake criticism, setbacks, or temporary defeat as permanent failure.
Instead, regroup, think about the meaning of the result and come back stronger with an even better plan.

Move instantly to step five...........

5. Change in the light of the feedback-results

Evolve, adapt, and change.
If it isn't working then change it.

Whatever is not working, eliminate it or adapt or change it.
Don't keep on doing those things that don't work or that are counterproductive.

  • It seems obvious that you shouldn't do what does not work.
  • It seems obvious that you shouldn't do what is counterproductive.

Instead: Embrace change

Every day ask yourself the same five questions.

  1. What is the goal for today?
  2. What is the plan to achieve the goal?
  3. What am I going to do about it?
  4. What is the feedback (what is working and what isn't?)
  5. In the light of recent feedback results, what changes or adaptations do I need to make?

This is not rocket science.
Its simple; but not easy.

Keep everyone you know on the success formula.

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