Yesterday I had a long lunch with a great friend of mine from Sweden. Over the years we have set up new companies together, skied the slopes of New England, seen our families grow together. We have also been through some ups and downs, but have always stayed in touch.
We have one of those friendships that no topics are off the table, and if we think the other person is wrong about something, particularly about business, we say so.
My friend, Ulf Arnetz, has been a long time entrepreneur and in recent years has made it his business to improve other business operations.
Over lunch we discussed many projects from today and the the past, what was working and what didn’t work. It became clear that enthusiasm and drive were not enough to make something really great happen. We needed a methodology and one that worked. However we found the real prize for us in our business life was not just having a method or approach, but refining it.
Refining your approach
When you have a bulletproof method that has worked for many years, it also needs to be refined and improved. Ulf outlined how he has refined his firm’s method now that strategic change management consulting can be done by consultants in their mid to late 20s, something unheard of for this type of work. This can only be done by following and refining a repeatable approach to meet the requirements of the specific project or market condition.
So goes it with project and process management. Following a method like a bunch of lemmings over the cliff won’t give you the results you want. Find the method that works for you, and then refine it for ever!