Topics:  strategic planning

Follow through on strategic plans

IT IS the beginning of a new financial year and you have big plans created in the excitement of the annual strategy day.

That was then ... now the day-to-day "stuff" has sapped the excitement and reality has struck.

What were you thinking?

Those plans are just too overwhelming to even get started ... when there is more time, then you will allocate some resources and energy.

Sound familiar?

In a state of busy-ness, we rarely see these plans as a series of small, achievable tasks that, if accomplished one at a time, will see those big goals realised.

Every action sheet, particularly for your planning sessions, should include:

  • The Objective - what is it you want to achieve
  • The Why - what value will this action add to your business, to you and your team
  • The Chunks - chunk the project down into three parts
  • The First Step - what is the first step that needs to be taken
  • The Who - who is responsible for making this happen
  • The Blocks - what may hinder the way forward

By including "Why" you remind yourself why it is important to remain motivated to complete this action.

After a few months memory wanes and it can become less clear as to the value the action will add and therefore much easier to let it fall to the wayside.

The CHUNKS - most projects can be broken down into three parts and research indicates that we, as human beings, are able to deal with three tasks or actions without feeling overwhelmed.

Then be clear on the FIRST STEP - what is the first step required to get this show on the road.

And who will be responsible for making this happen? Momentum is often all it takes.

The BLOCKS is a pre-emptive measure - what challenges may be faced as you implement this part of your plan?

Including the blocks on your action sheet, serves as a reminder that, yes, this was anticipated and no, it does not mean that the project should be delayed - there are solutions.

Remember the formula: DECISIONS x ACTIONS = RESULTS.

However, if you take no action then you will not enjoy the results.

The power of an idea is in its implementation.

So invest valuable time in building your action or strategy sheets with the evidence - this evidence will support the investment of resources to accomplish the goals.

Just get started and follow through!



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