Creating a Legacy That Endures
Using STORY Project Organization
Audience: Those shaping and sharing (while living and leaving) a legacy project (with its stories & contributions) for the world and/or with the planet like…
SoloAgers - Empty Nesters - Retired Creators - Continuing Educators -
Olders as Elders - Grandparents - Intergenerational Contributors - and YOU!
In the ever-evolving shaping and sharing a legacy project, SoloAgers (like you) shoulder the responsibility of managing and leading their (your) organization of project work to success.
This Legacy Project journey demands more than just efficiency; it requires a wholistic and reciprocal approach that encompasses strategic thinking, tactical execution, and operational excellence.
In this article, we'll delve into the STORY approach - an approach designed to elevate the organization of project work to a new level.
S for Strategy - strategic goals/outcomes
T for Tactics - tactical execution
O for Operations - operational excellence
R for Resilience - and, Relevance, Reliability, etc.
Y for Asking the Why question, again, and again
In setting up this overview of the STORY approach, here are three high-level, highlighting benefits:
- Enhanced Efficiency and Productivity:
The STORY approach empowers you and those who walk with you (whether over the long haul and/or intermittently) to work more efficiently and effectively by aligning strategic goals/outcomes with tactical execution and operational excellence.
This enhanced alignment reduces wastage of time, effort, and money allocation, and streamlines systems and processes that ultimately boost productivity and action-outcome effectiveness (and relevance).
- Resilience in the Face of Shift:
In today's fast-paced - often NOISY world, adeption (abilty to adopt and adapt) is crucial. The STORY approach, with its focus on 'R' words like Resilience, fosters a project (organization) culture that can withstand and rebound from challenges and uncertainties.
Using these 'R' words can steer the project stories and contributions through turbulent times with greater clarity, confidence, and commitment.
- Advantage on a Glocal (Local to Global to Local) Scale:
By embracing a “glocal*” perspective and considering project outcomes from around the world, executives using the STORY approach can recommend innovative solutions that give their organizations a competitive edge.
This global outlook helps in accessing the best products, services, and talent from around the world, ensuring that the organization remains at the forefront of international markets. *Example Canada
The STORY approach helps you consider both local and global products, services, and experiences you can offer and from which you can gain insights for your project recipients. This dual perspective ensures that the project remains clear on its outcomes, responding to the needs of its audience while also harnessing glocal innovations and best practices.
In doing so, you position your project to accomplish outcomes for a predetermined time and location in the words of the recipients on your terms.
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"Glocal" is a made word from "global" and "local." It refers to the idea of thinking and acting with a combination of both global and local perspectives. In various contexts, "glocal" can mean different things. For example, in business, it might refer to a company that operates on a global scale but also adapts its products or services to suit local markets. In urban planning, it could refer to creating cities that balance global trends with local needs. Essentially, "glocal" involves recognizing the interconnectedness of the global and local levels in decision-making and actions. Now think - legacy project!
Strategic Thinking - The 'S' in STORY
Successful project action-outcomes begin with a strategic perspective. The 'S' in STORY stands for Strategic, and it emphasizes the importance of crafting a well-thought-out map that aligns with the project's vision and goals/outcomes.
At the forefront of strategic decisions, is to envision the bigger picture, set the project's pathway, and navigate it through shifting sociocultural dynamics. By embracing the STORY approach, the Project Organizer (henceforth, Organizer or substitute "you") can develop a clear strategic framework that guides decision-making at all levels.
The STORY approach encourages the Organizer to ask questions like "Why are we doing this?" and "How does this project fit into our broader mission?" This ongoing strategic dialogue fosters a wholistic organization with constant improvement, thus helping the project stay nimble in a fast-paced world.
Tactical Execution - The 'T' in STORY
The 'T' in STORY stands for Tactical, highlighting the significance of the 'who' and 'how' aspects of work. For project Organizers via designers, developers, and delivers, this involves identifying key stakeholders, assigning responsibilities, and executing tasks efficiently.
Tactical execution is where leadership meets management. It requires keen awareness to detail and the ability to mobilize resources effectively. Organizers need to ensure that the correct people are in the correct roles, and that systems work to maximize productivity.
By focusing on the 'T' in STORY, Organizers can empower their contributors and ensure alignment with the strategic vision and values. It's about creating accountability and continuous improvement.
Operational Excellence - The 'O' in STORY
The 'O' in STORY represents Operational Excellence, an area where Organizers often make the most significant impact. It deals with the 'what,' 'when,' and 'where' of work - the resources, timing, and locations.
This means optimizing resource allocation, managing budgets, and setting timelines. Operational excellence ensures that the project organization's strategies and tactics are implemented seamlessly.
By embracing the 'O' in STORY, Organizers can lead the charge in streamlining operations, reducing waste, and increasing efficiency. It's about ensuring that the project runs like a well-oiled machine, delivering results consistently.
The Power of 'R' Words
In the STORY approach, 'R' words play a pivotal role like - Relevance, Resilience, Reliability, and Reciprocity. These elements are the path stones for the thriving project organization.
Relevance is about ensuring that every action taken is meaningful and contributes to the project's goals/outcomes. Organizers should continually question the relevance of projects and initiatives to maintain a lean and efficient operation.
Resilience is the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and bounce back from setbacks without experiencing dysfunction. Organizers must lead by example and cultivate a resilient movement forward within their project organization.
Reliability ensures that stakeholders can depend on the organization to meet commitments consistently. Organizers need to set the tone for reliability, instilling it in the project's DNA.
Reciprocity encourages mutuality, where everyone contributes and benefits. Organizers can drive reciprocity by fostering team/group work and collaboration.
The 'Y' Factor of Continuous Improvement
The 'Y' in STORY serves as a constant reminder to keep asking questions. Organizers should encourage curiosity, both within themselves and their contributors (and recipients). By asking "Why?" and other probing questions, Organizers can identify areas for improvement and innovation.
Organizers need to emphasize that the pursuit of answers to these questions is a collective endeavor. The 'Y' factor drives continuous improvement, helping the project stay aware of issues (both hindering and helping) and adapt to shifting sociocultural conditions.
Moving Forward: Embrace the STORY Approach
The STORY approach - Strategic, Tactical, Operational, 'R' Words, the 'Y' Factor - is a powerful framework for those organizing legacy projects. It guides Organizers (as leaders and managers) to think strategically, execute tactically, and excel operationally. The 'R' words of Relevance, Resilience, Reliability, and Reciprocity infuse purpose and character into their projects. The 'Y' factor keeps the drive for continuous improvement alive.
By embracing the STORY approach, Organizers can steer their projects towards success, navigate through challenges, and lead with clarity and purpose. It is a focused approach that transforms the organization of work into a well-oiled machine, thriving in a dynamic and ever-shifting humanscape and landscape.
STORY Approach Reminder Checklist
1: Walking In: Considering the STORY Approach
- Set the Stage for Wholistic/Reciprocal Organization of Work
- Discuss the Vital Role of Your Involvement (and Evolvement)
- Consider the Overview of the STORY Approach
2: The 'S' in STORY - Strategic Thinking
- Discuss the Power of a Strategic Considerations as Perspective as POV
- Craft a Clear Strategic Framework - Map
- Ensure Continuous Improvement Through Strategic Questions
3: The 'T' in STORY - Tactical Execution
- Manage Effective Contributor and Recipient Involvement
- Mobilize Resources (Time, Effort, and/or Money) for Tactical Success
- Foster Accountability and Responsibility
4: The 'O' in STORY - Operational Excellence
- Optimize Resource Allocation
- Streamline Operations for Efficiency
- Deliver Consistent Results
5: The Power of 'R' Words
- Relevance: Ensuring Meaningful Actions
- Resilience Within Your Organization
- The Importance of Reliability
- Reciprocity and Collaboration
6: The 'Y' Factor in Continuous Improvement
- Embrace a Culture of Curiosity
- Discuss the Role of 'Y' in Strengthening Work Organization
- Drive Continuous Improvement
7: Moving Forward: Embracing the STORY Approach
- Summarize Key Concepts
- Discuss the Transformational Impact of the STORY Approach
- Encourage the Application of Wholistic Work Organization
This Checklist will serve as a high level guide
as you - as Project Organizer -
focus (improve and strengthen)
the STORY approach's
strategic, tactical, and operational dimensions,
along with the 'R' words, and
the 'Y' factor for continuous learning-knowing-sharing
for the wholistic/reciprocal organization of project work
including the stories and celebrated contributions.
Along the journey as you weave your tapestry, understanding StoryScope and Legacy are important concepts and practices. A quick reminder of both follow:
Understanding the StoryScope
Our lives are stories waiting to be told, narratives that unfold with each passing day.
The metaphor of "StoryScope" invites us to view this narrative through different lenses. Just as telescopes reveal the vastness of the universe, microscopes uncover the intricacies of the microscopic world, stethoscopes listen to our vital sounds of living, our StoryScope allows us to explore and find the full spectrum of our daily existence.
Our daily lives resemble a kaleidoscope, with each decision, action, and interaction contributing to the ever-shifting, meaningful pattern.
As SoloAgers and seasoned professionals, you have a unique perspective on life's twists and turns. Your legacy is not only a reflection of your past-present but a blueprint for the future-present.
Legacy: The Useful Whats
Legacy is often associated with material wealth, but it extends far beyond possessions. Legacy comprises the "useful whats" we leave behind, including our time, effort, and money. These elements are the building blocks and seedbeds of our legacy, and how we allocate, plant them shapes the stories we share.
For SoloAgers, who have accumulated a wealth-wellth of experiences and knowledge, legacy is about passing on wisdom and lessons. Your is about preserving your story as it is about empowering others to write their chapters more skillfully. As professionals and educators, your legacy resides in the work you shared, the values you instilled, and the innovations you sparked.
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