The 5 Ps of Delivery

It’s 6:30 in the morning, and I’m just getting around to writing my post for today. I originally carved out time in my week to draft it the evening before—my normal approach—but around 8pm last night as I was saddling up to my desk, I was struck down with Bridesmaids level food poisoning.  Have you ever had food poisoning? I’ve not, and it’s awful.

So now it’s 6:30 am, and I’m armed with a Vitamin Water and a pillow strategically pressed between my belly and laptop to curb the pains. I wish I could “blog in sick” but it’s not an option. I didn’t miss the mark today because of food poisoning; I missed it from poor planning.

When I was a young buck in college, I worked as a manager at Walgreens and our District Manager’s favorite slogan was “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.” In the retail game, every day is different and there are a ton of curve balls, which can only be combatted through proper planning and strategic allocation of resources. This is also true of HR and Talent Acquisition—or any function/industry that has a high-level of touch/people interaction.

The 5Ps adage is cited to have originated in the military during World War II and has both 7 and 12 P variations, but all translate to the same thing: plan today so you are able to successfully deliver a better result tomorrow.

So simple in theory, yet rarely practiced.

How do you prepare for curve balls and still hit the mark on deadlines?

FOT Background Check

Holland Dombeck McCue
Holland Dombeck McCue is the former the Editor turned blogger here at Fistful of Talent. She joined the group in August of 2011 and launched FOT's podcast, The CYA Report, and monthly webinar series. Now she gets to participate in all the HR/talent pundit fun. Check her out on Twitter via @Holland_Dombeck.

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