Play 1: Make Specific Commitments
What is it? Making specific commitments to a limited number of actions and results in order to focus our efforts and resources for maximum impact. Because if everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority.
What are we aiming for? While our priorities may fluctuate and shift over time, our program and organization has a clear, steady purpose. This is articulated in clear goals that speak to the mission outcomes we are here to achieve. We can re-prioritize when it’s needed, but this is something we avoid doing frequently. Generally, people on our team should be able to explain what they do and how it relates to our overall priorities easily. Regardless of our level in an organization and our structure, we are headed in the same direction.
Key Questions (Ask yourself “why/why not” or “how” after each):
- Do we have clear goals that we are trying to achieve?
- Are goals too limited in number or are there too many to remember?
- Can we easily show how we are achieving our goals
- Are there senior leaders who help us prioritize and who enforce our priorities?