Welcome to the Fundamentals! The skills taught in this section are vital to making any organization function. These chapters will teach you how to become a great manager. You will master logistics, set appropriate goals and rules, and optimize your finances. But before you start any enterprise, you need to plan it. Work backwards and forward.
First, think about the end-state of your initiative. Spell out the specific metrics that indicate you’ve succeeded. For example, if you’re holding a fundraiser, indicate a targeted dollar amount to be raised. Once you have your criteria for success, work forwards. Think about the concrete steps that each person in your organization has to take in order to achieve your desired end-state. Taking time before each major action to set up your strategy properly will save you a significant amount of time during your execution phase.
As President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”