Any organization, mature or not, from time to time gets into initiatives.
These initiatives focus efforts often for short duration for quick results and some run over longer timeframes. Their impact, by no means, light.
Reduce incidences of sudden leaves of absence of its employees.
Improve employee engagement in terms of contributing case-studies.
Manage a project escalation to satisfactory closure.
Implement a risk assessment model in projects.
Unfortunately it is also true many initiatives peter out without delivering results for various reasons becoming the staple for humor in office corridors and canteen. No dirt attaches to anyone.
Even a cusrsory examination of these initiatives shows they exhibit certain common characteristics:
– An initiative is expected to deliver intended results
– The timeframe for achieving the results is also constrained.
– There is a team of resources to roll out the initiative.
– Importantly, not by magic, there is a set of tasks that need to be done to reach there.
If this is not like a project, what else is it?
A project view of the initiative immediately gains the established rigor of planning and monitoring. Additionally it demands the commitment of various stakeholders towards their roles at every step. Any non-performance is easily visible thru the monitoring process.
Why not give it a try when you kick off your next initiative?