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The Six Steps to Getting Anywhere

26. April 2018 13:47

By: Gary Vitale, GVF Business Advisory

Why does it seem so effortless for some businesses and sports teams to succeed?  What is it that makes it look so easy?

I have looked at these questions from the sports angle as well as the business angle and the one common factor for success, whether in business or sports is they both have a well thought out process they follow and engrain in their teams.  They tirelessly communicate this process and make sure everyone from the lowest level in the organization understands what is required of them and what their specific job is.  And, they hold each team member accountable for doing their job.  So how do you develop a process that makes sense for your company and your team?

The first step is to really understand where you are now.  Only then can you begin to develop a road map to get you where you want to go.  And in the business world, this can mean you have more than one team working towards the same goals but going in different directions.  Sometimes it can get complicated.

To solve this problem and give each team the proper directions I have found the “MapQuest” process of problem solving to be extremely helpful.  Not only can it be used to get you from point A to point B, but it gives each team member input and a clear understanding of what success means.

In simple terms, the “Six Steps to Getting Anywhere” follows the MapQuest process.

  1. Where are you now?
  2. Where do you want to go?
  3. How do you get there?
  4. How long will it take?
  5. How much will it cost?
  6. What are the alternate routes?

Like any other journey, proper preparation makes the trip more enjoyable.  But make no mistake, there will be roadblocks and detours and how your team reacts to these setbacks can make the difference between success and failure.  However, if you keep your eye on the end point and go back to the process when you get stuck, eventually you will get where you want to go.

Successful coaches and business executives spend countless hours on their process.  They revise the process over time to address rule changes or changes in the business environment and continually educate their team members to ensure they get the best results when a new situation arises.  The “Process” is not a one and done thing.  It continues to evolve and improve.  Make sure you give it the time and energy that each of the six steps requires and you will achieve the success you are looking for and will have competitors looking at your team and wondering how you do it year after year.

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