In the business world and the armed forces, Courtland James has seen the importance of planning on both sides.
James said, “there’s an enormous amount of planning in everything that happens in the military. and in organizations as well. Successful ones, because in order to execute something for a week, two months of planning may have gone in to that. To make it successful, make sure all the pieces are aligned and everybody can work in sync together.”
The executive coach at Cortex Leadership Consulting also served as a marine corps tank officer.
James says the step no one should skip on a big project is the last one: a wrap up round.
“How it went, what went well, what went poorly, what can we change the next time we do this, because a lot of tasks we do at work and everyday life we are going to repeat.”
James says evaluating projects and reviewing people’s roles in the team is crucial. Move people to the right places and avoid making the same mistakes.
Courtland said, “they’re much more successful the second time around because then you can build on that and you don’t have the same friction points, you identify new ones and get that much better.”
What about timing? Sometimes you have to let the dust settle after a project and wait for results to roll in.
But when it comes to individual reviews… the sooner, the better.
“That feedback is going to help them improve in the moment. They’re going to recognize that happened, I remember when it happened. Now i know what i can do better and I’m not going to have to wait for a year or more potentially for my performance review or scheduled event to get this feedback on how i can improve today.”