It’s that time of year again. The time of year when we are tasked with setting plans in motion for the new year ahead. For many, the new year means setting new goals. Our business sets goals each year, and are only achieved when we have a written, realistic plan.
Our plans provide the tasks and activities required of the team and organization to achieve our goals. The more thought given on unresolved issues while developing your plan, the fewer delays experienced during execution and implementation.
Given that some of our implementation or action plans are being finalized for 2018, it is a good time to revisit of some of the lessons learned that have reinforced the importance of measuring twice and cutting once. Try institutionalizing the lessons learned so that they become best practices by all going forward
In order to develop a meaningful plan, an understanding or honest assessment of where we are, where we are headed, and what it will take to get there, is important. The plan should be logical and rational so it makes sense to the people it is supposed to make sense to.
The person responsible or accountable to the organization for implementing the plan should also be responsible for developing the plan and given the authority to execute it. Empowering responsibility, authority and accountability is necessary to achieve the goals. Having ownership of the plan brings passion and pride to the effort.
During implementation, our execution or reactions may not play out as expected. Oftentimes, expectations not unfolding as hoped can result in a human reaction of fear. The fear that perhaps our judgement or the judgement of someone we have relied upon was wrong. When this happens, stop, and remain focused on the plan. The process of preparing our plans can anticipate likely or possible outcomes.
The new year is upon us. Take the opportunity to give thought to your goals for 2018 and think about how best to get there. Remember, the plan is the ‘to-do’ list and steps required to achieve the goal which connects and reminds us of the bigger picture, or purpose of our work. As we know, a picture is worth a thousand words, which brings us back to our goal, and is ultimately, our plan the whole time.
Denver Stutler, Jr.