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Process Matters, You Can’t Afford To Skip It

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In a rush, I pulled my thumb drive from my tablet device and the data got scrambled. It doesn’t even look like the same device in file manager when I plug it now. This is evidence that sometimes, process matters.

Innovation matters too. New ways of doing things, exploring for the best results. Taking some risk, trying something new. All are important yet you can’t really escape process.

You can’t wear a jacket before it is sewn together. You can’t really eat a slice of cherry pie before it is baked.

Some things just don’t work or are otherwise not possible until the process is complete.

The challenge for many innovators and product creators is to understand what happens when it’s mandatory that step A, happens before step B.

In haste to transform from an idea to a product, people sometimes try to skip a step.

Often, you can’t.

Process Matters

It is a challenge for everyone in the workplace. Following the guidelines of the build, the assembly, or navigating the structure for packaging a service requirement.

It is hard to forecast the schedule beyond the scope of the current funnel.

Client requirements flex, shift, and are impacted by their own unforeseen events. Supply chain interruptions, severe weather, and a missed deadline all impact stops and starts.

Waiting always feels like a big time-waster. Fear of waiting may cause the overly anxious to attempt to skip a step. Patience is a competency that cannot be overlooked or underestimated.

Process matters for everything you do. It can change, but it usually doesn’t mean it can be skipped.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Moving Up and The Support Systems Around You

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Do you have career goals? Are you ready to move up? In many cases moving up is important, but there are not any goals or a good support system. What do your friends think?

It is interesting that we often talk openly about refusing a dessert, about being sure we are going to hit the gym, or that we want to drop a few pounds.

Friends often seem supportive, they’ll offer encouragement, and maybe even invite you to join them in their own similar endeavors.

Moving Up

What happens when you tell them you are going for a promotion, that you want to get an advanced degree, or that you want a luxurious home that puts you into a new neighborhood? Are they supportive or do they offer to help?

Goals are important for everything you want to accomplish. No goal means limited achievement. It is easier to deny yourself advancement when you don’t define what the advancement looks like.

Support systems matter. The weight loss program, the fitness routine, or skipping the dessert. Support and encouragement help.

If you are career minded, success driven, and want to accomplish more, do you have the support you need?

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Your network is critical for your success. Those people who surround you matter. If you’re interested in moving up who is shouting encouragement?

Change is scary, it may cause friends to worry about being left behind, to get anxious because they aren’t as committed or lack the confidence. Yes, even jealously may be a factor.

Here’s the thing, you need a support system. You need encouragement and backup. Most of all you need belief. Sometimes belief from others is the trigger for belief in yourself.

What’s stopping your advancement? What is holding you back from moving up?

Most successful people hang around others who support success, not deny it.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant and succession coach who helps organizations and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating a Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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