Those of you that know me well know that if I am cut I bleed Gold & Black – not Red. So as a Purdue alumnus it may seem out of character for me to be quoting Bobby Knight, but that is what I am going to do today. Years ago I heard Bobby interviewed on 60 Minutes. He said something that hit me as being absolutely true and it has stuck with me ever since. He said “It is not that we don’t have the will to succeed, for that is certainly the American dream. It is that we don’t have the will to prepare to succeed.” Bobby went on to talk about how practice and game preparation are hard work, but a successful season will never happen without them. Over my life I have found this to be true. When I did not lay out a plan and diligently implement that plan, those were the times when I was not as successful.
So how would you prepare to succeed on your next facility project?
- Identify the things you value. Often we get caught up in the “weeds” of things that don’t bring value to the project or our business model. Always focus on value added issues so that any needed compromises on the project are deliberate and not by happenstance.
- Document what you want to do (plans and specifications) & when you want to do them (schedules). Organization of value added activities will lead to success.
- Be disciplined to the two Items noted above. It is good to have members on the project team in positions where they can provide accountability to the plan and other team members.
At PDMi, we are committed to serve our clients as they prepare to succeed. After all, a successful facility project will never happen without the hard and diligent work of the project team.
Please give me a call, we would like the opportunity to work hard for you.