Know Your Starting Point is the first of the Five Golden Rules for Effective Action.
Let me start with a question:
Did you ever get lost with only a map in your hand? It is clearly difficult to find your way home without knowing where you currently are.
How long will it take to get home?
Which direction do you need to turn?
Will there be a gas station on the way?
Without knowing where you are, it is obviously quite impossible to answer these questions. Quite often when two parties are not happy with how a project is handled, it is rarely because they disagree about the goals. They usually don’t concur with the means, because they perceive the situation differently. (more…)