The importance of process

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A patient, methodical process can be slow.  It can also help you build consensus, make sure all of the details are covered, and ensure accuracy.  A client may appreciate the thoroughness of your deliverable.

A quick process may help you please a customer and generate momentum.  It’s a good way to kick off a new project.

A process that involves a lot of people takes time.  One that involves the fewest possible people can be agile and flexible.  It’s not surprising that most special teams in sports, the military, and business tend to be small.

If you are attempting to steer the conversation of a group one way vs. another then it is likely easier to accomplish in a small group.  A large group can be difficult to sway because of the sheer number of viewpoints and perspectives that need to be heard and considered.

Do you want to stop a new proposal or an upstart employee?  Then bury them in bureaucracy.  This isn’t the way I like to operate but you need to be aware of it.  Alternatively, getting your ideas to the people that matter often involves going straight to the people in charge by skipping the chain of command.  This tactic also carries risk.

There’s not necessarily a right or wrong process to use to solve a problem.  You need to figure out an approach that will help you achieve the outcome you desire.

In other words, creating the outcome you want is a function of how you approach it.

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