Depending on the day or circumstance, success can feel like something completely out of our hands, can’t it?! Like a roll of the dice (once we let go of them). So let’s spend a few minutes on how to increase the probability of success – YOUR success – by improving the odds, as it were.
Grand Plan, Supportive Strategies, and Specific Methods
Let’s start by defining some terms:
- Grand Plan – A focused intention to achieve something of particular significance
- Supportive Strategies – An array of plans enacted, en masse, to accomplish a Grand Plan
- Specific Methods – A series of steps required by a Supportive Strategy
That said, we can meaningfully improve our odds by, literally, working with the odds – the odd numbers 1, 3 and 5, that is – in the following manner:
- 1 – Choose ONE Grand Plan – the point of the exercise
- 3 – Select THREE Supportive Strategies – to focus our energies and attention as we work to achieve our Grand Plan
- 5 – Identify FIVE Specific Methods – for each Supportive Strategy
Then, we just implement our Grand Plan from the bottom up.
“I Deserve a Promotion”
Let’s work an actual example – one that worked quite well for me, back in the day, and for many of my coaching clients, since:
- 1 – Choose ONE Grand Plan
- Get an “In-Place” Promotion – Receive an increase in title, pay, and responsibility as recognition for the work you’ve already been doing
- 3 – Select THREE Supportive Strategies
- Articulate Your Readiness to be Promoted – Help your boss realize/confirm that, yes, it IS time and, yes, you ARE ready
- Justify Your Promotion in Business Terms – You can’t just walk in and scream, BIWI (pronounced “bee-wee,” as in, Because I Want It”).
- Identify and Engage Well-Positioned Advocates – Ultimately, you’re going to need one or more opinion-leaders outside of your vertical to stand up and say your name.
- 5 – Identify FIVE Specific Methods – for each Supportive Strategy, per the chart below:
How Difficult is This, Really?
So let’s level-set. How much work does this approach take? For me, my rough draft took about 10 minutes to build. And then I revisited it a few times over the course of a few days to fine-tune it.
But the bigger point is this: Consider the power of having 15 Specific Methods in support of 3 Supportive Strategies in service of your Grand Plan – especially, as compared to just showing up in your boss’s office, one day, with not much more than a BIWI.
Does doing this guarantee success? Obviously, no. And might your Grand Plan, Supportive Strategies, and Specific Methods differ from the one’s I’ve used? Quite possibly.
(While I used a career acceleration example to illustrate the approach, this same process can just as easily be used to create a wide variety of Grand Plans and their cascading Supportive Strategies and Specific Methods.)
So remember: To improve your odds, work with the odds – 1, 3, and 5, GO!
What Next?If this post helped you learn something about yourself, then great! Be sure to share your insight with others as a way of 'locking in' your learning. While you're at it, I'd also appreciate you telling them about the other self-study resources available from LeadershipTraction including:
- my other blog posts
- my newsletter archives
- the curated content on my LeadershipTraction Facebook page
- other leadership development resources on my website
- and, of course, my book – Leadership Haiku
P.S. If you have a question or comment about this post, just let me know. I'll do my best to get back to you, straightaway.