What Next? Or What Now?

May 17, 2011

My friend Dave Daubert made this observation about what he and his team at A Renewal Enterprise do for measuring timelines.

He observed a difference between thinking about what to do now and what to do next.  In Dave's eyes, what to do now is the thing(s) you'll take on in the following  three months.  What you'll do next are the things that you'll do in the window from 3 months to 6 months.

This is especially important when you think about the 5 core questions used in the coaching model described in Coaching 101 by Logan & Carlton.    Changing the last question--or giving yourself the option to change it--based on the situation you're working through can be really helpful for focusing on your priorities, which is one of the keys to fostering lasting change.

NOTE:  Dave & ARE also advocate short-term mission, vision, & value-based planning in increments of no more than 6 months at a time.  So thinking through this lens opens up possibilities and gives freedoms that would be hard to find in longer term strategic plans.  But that is a topic for another post.

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