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This article describes how to achieve team or project goals
using the MapAhead team coaching tool by Ken Ideus.

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What no one tells project teams about achieving project goals


Achieving a project goal involves more than breaking a project down into pieces of work, and ensuring each person knows what they have to do by when. There are so many unknown challenges that project teams face that can make or break their project. 

Moving a team from where they are today to a goal they want to achieve, or a project they want to deliver on, is often like the journeys of discovery undertaken by great explorers of the past.

When we hear the stories of adventurers such as Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo or Edmund Hillary and their teams –we are enthralled not only by the fact that their team achieved their goal, but also by how they overcame numerous challenges along the way.

Achieving team goals often involves a journey into the unknown.

Explorers and adventurers go into unknown territory. The unknown is often a frightening and confusing place. To reduce uncertainty, explorers seek to answer a number questions before they set out on their journeys. These include:

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  • Where exactly are we going to? How will we know when we have reached our destination?
  • What is the best route to take?
  • What do we need to know or prepare for, before we start our journey?
  • What challenges are we likely to face along the way?
  • What or who will support us on our journey?
  • How can we be ensure we all stay on track?

Maps help explorers to navigate their way.

Maps help adventurers to anticipate and prepare for the challenges they are likely to face, and the support they may need as they travel to their destination.

Throughout history, people have used maps to help them define, describe and navigate their expeditions.

Maps provide a visual presentation of the entire journey.

They shows the beginning point, the end destination, the route to be followed, as well as the terrain that can be expected along the way.


MapAhead - a coaching tool to map your team journey or project.


MapAhead is a coaching tool your team or project team can use over and over again, as you plan your journey to achieving your team goals. During projects, use MapAhead to create your own coaching map during the project initiation or project planning phase as well as to help you plan the execution phase of your project. Then use this map to plan how you will manage challenges and get the support you need to achieve your team or project goals and deliverables.

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How MapAhead works.

MapAhead is an interactive coaching tool that helps you to describe and visualize:

  • The team goal or project your team needs to achieve.
  • The route you will need to follow to achieve your team goal or deliver on your project.
  • The challenges and supports your team can expect along the way.
  • How best to manage the challenges and get the support you need.

Map your journey.

Begin by describing the territory your team or project team needs to cover. Describing the team goal you need to achieve or the project benefits you need to deliver at your end goal or destination. Also consider long your team has to achieve your team goal or your project team has to deliver on their project.

Then choose your route. Set and describe your team's starting point (base camp) and your team's end destination or goal.

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Then prepare for your journey to achieve your goal, identifying and describing potential challenges to your team or project team along the way.

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Identify and describe the support your team or project team will need use to overcome these challenges and progress towards your goal.


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Drag both your challenges and supports onto the map, so you can visualise your team's journey and anticipate what your team or project team will face along the way. Group the challenges and supports where you think they fit together.

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Get coaching for your team along the route.

Like a real life coach, MapAhead provides coaching for your team or project team at each point along your route. Simply click on any challenge or support image, and a coaching box will open up. Choose the project team coaching tab. It will provide you with information and questions you can use to accurately describe your team challenge or support.

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Create your own notes and team map.

Answer the questions provided by your online coach in MapAhead, in the notes section. As you do so, you will discover more about what your team or project team needs to learn and do to progress to the next stage of your journey. Then list the actions your team needs to take to deal with the challenges or get the support you identified.

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Remember to save your map. So that at any point along your journey, using your tablet, phone or computer, your team can return to your map, your MapAhead online coach, and their own notes.

Create a report to monitor your progress

Position the hiker on the map, to show which challenges/supports your team has achieved, and those which you still need to achieve. Then Save your map.

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Click the button Report. All the notes you recorded will be presented in a report. The report will display the challenges/supports you have already achieved. (These appear on your map to the left of the hiker.)

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This will be followed by the challenges/supports your team still needs to achieve. (Those that are to the right of the hiker on your map.)

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As your team achieves more challenges or supports, move the hiker to represent your team's progress.

Then at any stage in the project you can produce a new report showing what your team has achieved, and what they still need to achieve. You can print your report from your browser. Or use the select report text button at the bottom of the report to copy and paste your report into a word document.


What MapAhead provides that you can't get from anywhere else.

  • An easy to use visual map of the journey your team or project team needs to take to achieve a team goal or project.
  • A self coaching tool your project team can use to identify and deal with challenges along the way and get the support they need to deliver on their project or achieve their team goal.
  • The ability to custom design each aspect of your team's journey to your particular goal or project, starting point and situation.
  • This is all done in a powerful, yet easy to use coaching tool.


Topics covered in this online coaching tool.


The team journey to achieve a team goal or project.

  • Describe your starting point.
  • Visualize your end goal or destination.

Challenges your team anticipates along the way.

  • Swamps: Unclear mandates and objectives. Political agendas.
  • Decision points.
  • Risk vs reward.
  • Barriers.
  • Unchartered territory.

Support your team or project team needs for your journey.

  • Knowledge.
  • Feedback and encouragement.
  • Skills.
  • Direction. A way of keeping the project team and stakeholders on track.

How to deal with challenges.

 

How to get the support you need.

Most important of all, this comprehensive coaching tool will empower your team to achieve any goal they have or any project they need to deliver on - now and in the future.








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