As an Aristotelian, I'm firmly in "everything we have to learn, we learn by doing" camp. It was from this perspective that I read Dan Pink's post this morning on the Cult of Done manifesto. Here are the first six principles of the manifesto and a poster to use as a guide.
2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
3. There is no editing stage.
4. Pretending you know what you're doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you're doing even if you don't and do it.
5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
Read all them. The authors created a cool poster to go along with the manifesto.
You can find the poster at their Fickr page and see how each image corresponds to a manifesto principle.
This is the core value of implementation and execution.
Doing, rather than waiting to do.
Doing, rather than waiting to figure out what's right.
Doing, adapting, changing, doing some more.These are the fundamental principles of implementation.
This is what I've learned as a planning consultant the past 14 years. That planners are great at abstract assessment and conceptualization. Not great at implementation. As a result, my approach has changed. I work at developing plans that provide enough strategic initiative to move people into action so they can learn what the next step is. It is how we make the transitions that are sustainable over time.
Now, this post is done.