For New EntrepreVenturers
1. Learn how to strategize, set goals and measure your progress!
A calendar can be your best friend if you use it well - or your worst friend, if you look up and a month has passed by without you realizing it. For our team, learning how to set goals, identify Key Performance Indicators, and create a monthly and annual strategy has helped us move from doing our best to planning and executing. Also, I snuck measuring in this one, however this step could be its own Top 10! Learning about and building Lean Data collection into your every-day practices will help you analyze what works and what doesn’t so you can take small bite-size steps without fear of investing lots of time and energy on a solution that doesn’t work. Lean Data is also very important to help you continue innovating and checking the pulse of your community.
How to? There are a number of great books and courses out there that can help you learn more. Some of my top recommendations include: Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses and Monetizing Innovation: How Smart Companies Design the Product Around the Price. These books come with worksheets and guides, and a Book Club is a great way to get through the material together. Encouraging your teammates to incorporate walks and listen to Audible is a great way to fit learning and exercise into your day! We have also just begun a great course from Acumen called Lean Data Approaches to Measure Social Impact.