Anticipate-Plan-Do-Review Technique!


Use the Anticipate-Plan-Do-Review Technique in your everyday life and at work! It works!

Anticipate, plan, do, and review speaks too much more then its origin in project management. The concept and its basic message so grounded in what it takes to be successful over and over again. This is a strategic tool that forces one to think before moving to action. A key part of this technique is to anticipate as many outcomes to a situation as part of the planning process.

In anticipating the various potential outcomes and/ or reactions that others may have in a situation is extremely helpful in many ways. Without question in thinking about all the possible reactions and actions of others to a situation your planning process is more thoughtful and therefore more complete. The plan you ultimately piece together will likely be more complete with a solid plan ”A”, and it may have a plan “B”, “C”, etc. as well.

Taking the time to anticipate what might take place has an additional advantage, perhaps its most significant one! When you take the time to anticipate you are then less likely to be surprised when and if what you thought might happen does in fact take place. When you are less surprised you are less likely to be thrown off your game and in better control of your emotions and ego. When you can manage both your emotions and your ego you have the upper hand. As is often said in negotiations, “manage yourself, manage you emotions and you manage the negotiation”. If you want control or to maintain control, manage you!

With the attention to anticipating the various outcomes and/or reactions the plan you put together has more “meat” to it. Every good plan has many levels to it. Not only should you have a plan “A”, and a plan “B”, and a plan “C”, etc. Your plan should also include many different paths as well where your have thought out a potential script in execution of the plan.

The “Do” or execution part of this technique often becomes the easiest to undertake. Why? Well because of your preparation and rehearsal in your anticipation and planning stages. Like everything in life the more preparation you do the better you execute. The most important point to make is that there is a flow to this technique that should not be short cut. There is a reason the “Do” stage comes third. Take one of the first two stages out of this technique and your opportunity of success is nothing more then a 50/50 chance!

You are not done yet. Once you have executed on your plan and completed the “Do” stage of this technique you must now step back and review what just took place.

In the review stage there are a few essential questions you need to ask yourself;

“What went well & why?”

“What did not go well & why?”

“What did I learn to use in the future?”

“What would I change and why?”

“What is likely going to still change or occur and what should I do about it?”

Many stop at the “Do” stage not realizing the huge game changing value long term in doing a review of the execution, planning, and anticipation stages to this technique.

If you are a leader and/ or a manger and you utilize this technique in its fullest you are modeling best practices for your team to follow.

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