TT2002 – On Plans and Planning

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As we enter a new year of a new decade, have you
Ever thought about how effective your plans are
At helping you achieve your objectives?
Winston Churchill once said:
“Plans are of little importance,
But planning is essential”.

Have you also wondered whether alternative strategies
Might produce better results to get you there faster?
And how the plan will go down with the rest of the team?
Planning is one of the riskiest activities we undertake
(And with the undertaker is where many plans end up!)
Wherever you are, it’s never too late to start planning!

How can we give our plans the greatest chance of success?
Aside from Churchill, many great leaders have determined
That is is the planning process that is most valuable.
The end-result of a published plan being far less important.
Yet without setting your sights on creating the latter,
The former is very unlikely to happen!

Some people (like me) think in pictures
Other people prefer words or spreadsheets.
So it is important that the plan is gamed-out
From a number of different views or perspectives,
Each one providing valuable insights into areas
That might cause problems down the line.

Involving the wider team from the outset is vital.
A plan that has no buy-in from them is bound to fail.
It is the planning process that gets the buy-in
By negotiating key friction points on the way ahead.
Yet too much sharing can also be counter-productive
Leading to too many cooks spoiling the broth.

In our modern-day world of information overload,
Artificial intelligence, social media and fake news,
It is ofttimes difficult to understand
Where things are going and where they might end up.
The planning process is more important than ever,
Even though the plan will end up being pretty worthless!

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If you would like to book a free 15-minute slot
In the month of January 2020 (no strings attached)
To discuss a plan you are currently working on
So I can give you three valuable ideas
To make it a better plan, then please book me here: https://calendly.com/gameyourplan/three-ideas

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