Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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The Danger of Not Knowing What You Don't KnowLast week, we discussed how to determine if you're taking on too much. Click here if you missed it.

This week, we discuss the harsh consequences of failing to educate yourself before committing to a project.

Read on to learn what we've found out the hard way.

Level 2 Learning: What do I need to know in order to do the work to accomplish the goal?

In the history of our young company, we have found out the hard way that sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. If you're struggling to build a project plan and estimate the time and resources required, it may be because you need to slow down and educate yourself first before you can make a good decision.

We are guilty of cheating this step in the name of trying to please vendors and partners who are on a certain time schedule, or because we are just so busy that we don’t take the required time to independently research what it will take to do a given project well.

The cost of not educating yourself as well as you can before committing to a large project that you do not fully understand is wasted time, money and resources.

Right now, we are pausing on a responsive website project because we believe we need to do more research into the best partner for us to complete the project on our timeline and to our standards. Before making this decision, we had strongly considered just signing an agreement with a vendor and jumping in because we were really busy with year-end / year-beginning projects.

Then, Jim and I had the benefit of a nice long drive during the holidays, which gave us time to look into our proverbial crystal ball and predict what the next few months would be like if we just jumped right in. After much debate, we decided to press the pause button and wait until we can dedicate the required time to fully understand the costs and benefits of the website update project.

Action point: Think of a time when you pressed forward with a project or program that you did not think was ready. What was the cost to the organization? What could you do differently next time?

Next week, we will discuss how to determine if the projects you selected to take on were worth it.

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Additional Resources


Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level

Training on Trial

Is Less Truly More?

How to Know If You're Taking on Too Much

How Do You Respond When Someone Asks You to Jump?

Using Kirkpatrick to Move Beyond Training Order-Taking

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