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?