LLML (Leadership Lessons from Mowing the Lawn) Number 2 begins this way: Each time that I mow my lawn, I have to be certain that I have specific resources in place ahead of time. Being in the middle of mowing my lawn is not the time to figure out that I need to refill the gas tank but my gas can happens to be empty. LLML Number 2:

Resource your project before you try to execute it.

It is easy to become excited about a new project. As wonderful as that project may be however, without sufficient resourcing, it will never get off the ground. Some of the biggest mistakes that I have witnessed in project planning and execution have their roots in resourcing. Failing to resource a project sufficiently is planning to fail. The bigger the project, the bigger the failure. Once you run out of gas, the mowing stops.

In addition to the obvious practical level, sufficient resourcing is vital to a project on the teamwork and leadership level. How did you feel the last time your boss gave you a great new project, but without sufficient resources to get it done? Good working relationships will usually weather through such challenges, but it is a stress that could have been avoided with sufficient resourcing ahead of time. LLML Number 2:

Resource your project before you try to execute it.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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