mPGA is widely applicable, just like the SWOT analysis. mPGA stands for: mission, Power, Goals, and Action.
A SWOT is limited to an analysis, where mPGA goes much further. mPGA achieves objectives and an action plan, while a targeted analysis precedes it.
The SWOT analysis has been used in more and more subjects in recent years. That says something about the simplicity and applicability of an easily understandable organizational tool.
However, a number of elements are missing when using the SWOT analysis. Therefore, after a SWOT you are not as far as you would like to be. mPGA provides a much more meaningful result in the same time. It sets things in motion and incites action.
Where can you use mPGA?
You can use mPGA in different ways.
- For personal development to achieve personal empowerment.
- For a project or program to come to the contours of an action plan.
- For an organization to determine the course and what needs to be done for it.
mPGA does not in any way require extensive consultant guidance. It is useful in some cases to have a supervisor who can guide a team without being directly involved in the process under investigation. But that may well be someone from within the organization.
After an mPGA session you can start the next day with promotions. The time savings and positive energy that mPGA creates are enormous compared to the SWOT analysis.
Differences with the SWOT analysis
There are a number of differences between mPGA and the SWOT analysis.
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The conclusion is that the SWOT falls short of mPGA when it comes to focus, result, applicability and team building.
In terms of analysis and simplicity, mPGA and SWOT are not inferior to each other.
An obvious difference is the mission (focus) step with which mPGA starts. In this step, the precise purpose of the meeting is established in a very short time.
With the SWOT, the exact goal often remains too vague. As a result, generalities are presented that contribute little.
Because the end result of an mPGA is concrete, it also generates positive energy. The next day you can start with the implementation, which gives a fantastic feeling.
Is holding mPGA session difficult?
Working with mPGA for personal development takes no more than an hour. As part of a project startup, you lose a maximum of half a day, while for somewhat more extensive and complex organization questions, there is a result within a day that goes much further than an analysis.
It is not difficult to run an mPGA session. Just like a SWOT, it needs to be well prepared.
mPGA needs little explanation. A supervisor will have to prepare a little extra the first time. But if you are used to guiding a SWOT session, you can also get going very quickly with mPGA.
mPGA or SWOT?
After working with SWOT for decades, I switched to mPGA a year ago. First under the heading of SWOT 3.0. Adjustments that had to do with my own experiences and that make a SWOT more effective.
Now I have rebranded it as mPGA. I realize that the name doesn’t really matter at all. It is about the effectiveness of a tool to initiate changes. And I have done that all my career: shaping changes. The improvements of SWOT fit in there.
I have written down a description of SWOT and mPGA and how to apply them. mPGA is completely free to use by anyone.