Cell review

Cell review: checking multiple pictures for the same outcome on the same objective.

What to read first: Picture review Prove and consolidate the outcome pictures

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Cell review: checking multiple pictures for the same outcome on the same objective.

It is fine to have two or more pictures of the same outcome on the same objective. If you are using sub-objectives, it would be normal to have separate pictures for each of those sub-objectives.

You could have two or more pictures for the same level of success and the same objective, even if there are not separate sub-objectives.

If there are multiple pictures in the cell, consider now whether they are connected by ‘AND’ or by ‘OR’.

The normal result is that you have ‘AND’ for Success, and ‘OR’ for any other level of success or failure (see the reference table). If your cell seems to be outside that pattern, it may mean that something should be re-considered.

Another way of testing the pictures in the cell is to ask what happens at the end of the year when one picture in the cell is accurate, but another is not. There are three cases for the overall outcome.

(This table is no fun. It may help if you’re really stuck.)

How you would interpret one accurate picture and one inaccurate picture at year-end How you would interpret one accurate picture and one inaccurate picture at year-end
The accurate picture decides the outcome on the objective, even if the other picture is not accurate. Connect the two pictures in the cell with ‘OR’.
Possibly the non-deciding picture – the one that you imagined to be inaccurate – is either unimportant or in the wrong place. If so, do something with that picture.
The inaccurate (other) picture decides that the outcome was actually different. Connect the two pictures in the cell with ‘AND’.
Possibly the non-deciding picture – the one that you imagined to be accurate – is either unimportant or in the wrong place. If so, do something with that picture.
The result for the year is mixed. The outcome is both as decided by the accurate picture, but is also different because the other picture is inaccurate. Consider splitting the objective into two. That split would lead to new pictures and more extensive changes throughout the outcome picture collection.

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Objective-level review of outcome pictures

Any outcome on the objective must match exactly one cell. Pictures in different cells generate different emotions. Pictures in different cells might lead to taking different paths in strategy, controls, or consultation. No pictures are missing.

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Picture review

Review each picture on its own. Each picture must be fully defined. Each picture must describe the outcome, not something the on the way to the outcome. Each picture must describe the outcome, not an indicator of the outcome. A picture may refer to future prospects as they will look at the end of the planning period. Each picture must become factually true or false, regardless of point of view. Each picture should produce an emotion, instantly. The picture should match the way the year is remembered in the future. Each picture shows the period outcome, not a specific incident during the period. The period outcome can be an accumulation of specific incidents. If you keep the success and failure levels, make sure the picture matches the level.

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Prove and consolidate the outcome pictures

Check similar pictures appearing for multiple objectives. Review each picture on its own. Review the pictures in each cell. Review the line of outcome pictures for each objective. Review the collection of outcome pictures as a whole. Sub-objectives can be useful. Small is beautiful. Appearance counts.

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