Raw data are the pieces of the puzzle, and your goal is to look at each piece from every angle to find the best fit. -Emily Tevault, Chief Producktivity Officer
This is a critical principle that tends to be overlooked. You are so eager to check something off of your ever-growing list that you forget to take a step back and reflect on the bigger picture. What is your vision, and how will your ducks add value to your pond? It is imperative to critically analyze and make the connections between the information collected and what is needed from your human and financial resources to accomplish your goals.
Once you dream big, maximize your analytical skills and connect the details with your vision. Analysis of the collected data provides you with the opportunity to interpret your raw data. Quantitative analysis allows you to identify trends. A trend can determine if options being considered are viable and assist you with forecasting the future. This is a difficult strategy to implement and requires focus and time. Take a step back, go to the next level, be intuitive, make connections, think outside the box, and draw conclusions. Ask yourself, “Based on my understanding of the vision, does the forecast lead to the desired future? Are there other options that better align with my vision?” If the current plan does not fulfill your vision, analyze what it would take to change your path.