So 2016 is almost over, how was it?  What are your regrets? Hopefully, it is not a tattoo, but did you accomplish the goals that you started the year with?  Did you stick to your new year’s resolutions?  NO?,  why not? What are you willing to do so 2017 is better?

Are you familiar with the word “post-mortem”?  Its definition is a little macabre; “an examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death.”   But it has a different context, at least in the business world.  Post-mortems are generally conducted at the end of the projects but are also useful at the end of each stage of a multi-phase project to determine and analyze elements of the project that were successful or unsuccessful, to find regrets.  Things that caused the project to failed or succeed.    

The end of the year is here, end it with  a Post-Morten

You probably have heard the stories of “regrets’ that people have when they are at the very end of their lives.  The time when we have to take an accounting, a reckoning of the things we did, and the path we decided to take.  The problem is that, at that moment, you can’t change much anymore.  How about doing it now, doing it for the year that is about to end,  what are the things you wish you did but didn’t.  The things that you didn’t do and you should have done.  Whatever the case, evaluating the year is an excellent opportunity to figure out if you are on the right path.

Start the  new year with a Pre-Morten

Here is an interesting approach,  how about starting 2017 with a pre-mortem.  A pre-mortem is a management strategy in which a leader imagines why a project or organization has failed, and then works backward to determine what potentially could lead to the failure.  The goal is to make the necessary changes before those things occurr.   So if you want to avoid regrets and at the end of the year, identify the things that needed to go wrong during 2017 for that to happen,  and then make sure you take the necessary steps to avoid them.   So what is the list of things you need to do or not do for you to fail in 2017?.   If you can identify them,  now you can do something about them before they occur.

A simple solution, “a prepared”

Imagine, it’s the end of 2017 and the year went awesome, we did better because we did what we must to make it happen. How did we do it? 

Marshall Goldsmith, the number one Executive Coach in the world, gets a phone call from the same woman every morning,  she simply listens as he reads off his answers to 32 questions about his behavior the day before.  Things that he needs to work on a daily basis.  He highlights the entire process in his wonderful book, Triggers.   Those questions all start with "Did I do my best to …"

So if you know that one of the things you need to work on in 2017 is “stop procrastinating”   one of the questions you will ask yourself is

Did I do my best to stop procrastinating?   You rate this from 1-10 on a daily basis.

What happens is simply amazing,  the mere thought of answering those questions on a regular basis makes you do better.  It makes you think that at the end of the day, you will be accountable to somebody for the results.  You don’t need to pay someone to call you (although that would be ideal), but you can start your own process using a simple tool, Google forms.    

I have started my own, (See a copy of my questions here).  The goal is not to be perfect, but be aware of the things you need to do, or not do, to achieve your goals.  So this year, focus on the triggers and behaviors that will make your 2017 more successful.

If you would like more info, please send me an email, I would love to send you more information so we all can end 2017 as better persons regretting less.

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