How to Create a Time Machine

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Genuine Driven Women Podcast Episode #4

Welcome to the “Genuine Driven Women” podcast, the show where we guide women to reveal their strengths so they believe and can achieve their desired greatness!

TAMI: This is Episode #4 and I am Tami along with our Co- Host, Adalida. Today we are going to talk to you about how to make you OWN personal time machine!

ADALIDA: YES, you DO have a crystal ball and YES, you can see into the future with this amazing tool.

TAMI: It is called, the “Pre-mortem technique.” The “Pre-mortem technique.” It was developed by Gary Klein, and you can read about it in his book called, The Power of Intuition. And… the name may not be as interesting as a literal time machine, but if you use it, you will find that you start to have super powers in the direction your life, your goals, or any project heading.

ADALIDA:

This tool is very versatile and can be used for:

  • any project, big or small.
  • planning your own life.
  • to find the right steps to success
  • to find the pitfalls/risks that need to be addressed

TAMI:

Depending on how you are using it, you can do this exercise with:

  • a project team
  • your family
  • your spouse/partner
  • yourself

ADALIDA: There are also two ways to “see the future,” through a disaster lens or through the delight lens.

TAMI -

Let’s start with a major disaster exercise:

To do this exercise, get yourself, or the group you plan to lead through this exercise in a quiet area where you won’t be bothered. You will need some simple materials: clean paper or sticky notes, a white board, markers.

ADALIDA:

Tell the story (or imagine the story if you are alone.) If you are using this tool to plan your future life, you can pick a time in the future when you are going to picture yourself. If you are using this for a project, focus on the finished project.

TAMI:

Begin to imagine… Everything has gone horribly wrong, you have been fired from your job, you have no money, your husband left you, your kids hate you. If it is a project, imagine that you were pulled as the project manager, because everything went wrong, costs were running out of control, there was no way to meet the schedule, and nothing was performing the way it should be. Really focus on this imagined scenario. Spend 5-10 minutes truly contemplating this dreadful situation. This is the kind of mess that is humiliating. Everything that can go wrong did go wrong.

ADALIDA:

You think… What in the world could have caused this mess?! Take a few minutes and think about why this situation occurred.

TAMI:

If you are in a group, use the sticky notes and have everyone write down everything that could have caused this problem. If it is you, brainstorming about your life, then you can list as fast as you can, every single thing you believe may have caused your personal life and career to go bad. List even the silly things, just list it all! Take about 5 minutes for this exercise.

ADALIDA:

If this is a group exercise, have everyone place their stickies on the board.

TAMI:

Prioritize the list, these become the “RISKS” that need to be mitigated to achieve your goal. Focus on the highest priority risks first, then work on plans to mitigate the others.

ADALIDA:

Revisit your list as part of your goal review process to make sure you are on track and that you are accounting for the risks you have identified.

TAMI: Now that we have gone through the process, let’s think of some examples so we can demonstrate how this goes…

AD LIB - College - graduating

Personal goals - running a marathon

Work project - designing and developing a major computer system

Cost, schedule, performance

TAMI:

Now let’s have fun dreaming with the delight exercise:

Now that you have gone through the “Disaster” pre-mortem process, you can try the “Delight” pre-mortem technique. In this method, you do the exact same steps, except instead of imaging everything went wrong, imagine everything went perfectly well, that your wildest dreams came true, you are living the life you have always imagined. Put yourself in a place, five to ten years from now and explain what an amazing life you are living. Make it as detailed as you possibly can. Include career, family, hobbies, home, etc. If you are using this tool for a project of some type, imagine that everything went better than you could have dreamed. You finished below cost, faster than expected, and you were able to get maximum capability built into the project.

ADALIDA:

Same as the disaster exercise, Seclude yourself, or the group you plan to lead through this exercise. You will need some simple materials: clean paper or sticky notes, a white board, markers.

TAMI:

Tell the story (or imagine the story if you are alone.) If you are using this tool to plan your future life, you can pick a time in the future when you are going to picture yourself. If you are using this for a project, focus on the finished project.

ADALIDA:

Begin to imagine… this is the amazing alternate future where everyone is delighted with your project or where you are delighted with you own life.

TAMI:

Think, “Wow, this is so amazing, here are all the things that would have had to go right for this amazing scenario to have happened!” Take a few minutes to really focus on how you got to such an awesome place.

ADALIDA:

Brainstorm all of the things that must have went right. If it is group, have them write on stickies, and if you are doing this exercise alone, capture it all on a sheet of paper.

TAMI:

If this is a group exercise, have everyone place their stickies on the board.

ADALIDA:

Prioritize the list, these become some of the key steps you need to complete in order to achieve your goal. Focus on the highest priority tasks first, as they should be the ones that will make the biggest impact on your success.

TAMI:

Revisit your list as part of your goal review process to make sure you are on track!

AD LIB - College - graduating

Personal goals - running a marathon

Work project - designing and developing a major computer system

Cost, schedule, performance

TAMI: If you conduct both of these techniques at the beginning of your projects or to focus on your life goals, you will increase your chances for success by up to 30%, according to research conducted in 1989 by Deborah J. Mitchell, of the Wharton School; Jay Russo, of Cornell; and Nancy Pennington, of the University of Colorado.

ADALIDA: This is a fun way of capturing the steps toward greatness and the associated risks for any project or goal!

Time Machine:

In this segment each week we will give a few points about women that have accomplished a lot! We also will discuss a bit about what was happening to women during the time periods.

Marie Curie

  1. First woman to win a Nobel Prize in Physics-1903, born in 1867
  2. She was built on a family that believed education was important and from there she continued to grow.
  3. In 1903 her and her husband’s research in radioactivity led them to a nobel prize in Physics, which made her the first woman to receive a nobel prize.
  4. She continued the studies and in 1911 won another Nobel prize, which made her the first person to ever receive a Nobel Prize twice, which is a great feat for women.
  5. Curie studied hard and she was recognized for all of her hard work with two nobel prizes, both being great leaps for women. All of her work throughout her life is very motivating, we can do anything that we put our minds to, so go out there and do what makes you happy!

Book Review:

Genuine driven women read lots of books! We’ll make sure to recommend a book each week that will inspire you or help you on your journey to success!

This week’s book is:

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

by Patrick Lencioni

If you’d like to buy this book in any format, including audio books, you’ll find the link in the show notes: http://amzn.to/2rN3RaW

This week, I re-read the The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. If you haven’t read any of his books, he has a talent for turning a leadership lesson into a fable, giving you a story that is both captivating and educational. In this fable, he covers the complexity of teams, team dynamics, how they impact the organizational goals and what can be done to optimize their performance. Throughout the story, you will learn of the five major dysfunctions many teams have, why they impact the workplace, and clear, concrete steps you can take to improve them.

The story is centered around a start-up company that is in its second year, it is a company that is failing to thrive, and is falling behind the competition. Because of this, the board has selected a new, experienced CEO, Kathryn Petersen, only her experience came from the auto industry -- not the tech world of Silicon Valley, where she finds herself today.

You will start to care about the characters, as you read this story. The team is made up of engineers, sales people, marketing experts, financial directors, basically every position needed for a company to grow and succeed in the market. It’s how they interact with each other, and their opinions about how their areas of expertise weigh against each other that introduces the conflict. And… there is conflict.

Will Kathryn succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni's fable will grip you from the beginning and remind all the leaders, and future leaders out there, that it takes courage to lead your team to a place where a focus on results, accountability, commitment, conflict, and trust all exist.

Do you have a goal to be an exceptional leader or executive? Then this book is definitely one to add to your reading list!

Click the link to buy the book (available in several formats): http://amzn.to/2rN3RaW

Inspirational Quote of the Week:

Instead of looking at the past,

I put myself ahead twenty years

and try to look at what I need to do now

in order to get there then

~ Diana Ross

  • This is a perfect quote for podcast #4
  • Diana Ross is thinking ahead about where she wants to go and how she should get there, now just do the same, and get started! You will not regret putting effort into your future to make it a better place!

We genuinely Want to know! (Listener questions and feedback)

This is the section where you ask questions, let us know what’s on your mind or just say hello!

Are you driven to succeed? Email us at genuinedrivenwomen@gmail.com or call us at (724) DRIVEN-2 or (724) 374-8362 and leave a voice message. We’ll use your voicemails on a future podcast!

Outro:

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Ok, ladies - it’s time to get out there and be the best YOU that YOU can be!

References: https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1903/marie-curie-facts.html

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