You have been tasked to lead a project. You know what you need to achieve to be able to report success. You have a team to support you in your work. You have lists of all the things you need to accomplish to achieve your goal, but the lists and the seeming disorganization of the team have you overwhelmed.
A fully thought out plan helps you to get your long list of to-dos a logical and manageable sequence. It creates a methodical and structured approach to your project and it gives your team the visual and timing cues it needs to stay focused, stay informed, and stay on track.
Detailed project plans provide valuable insights to you and your team. They provide you with the tools you need to report up and to communicate out with key stakeholders and allow you to measure the success or your project. They help you to anticipate risks and to remain agile in the face of challenges. They are a vital tool in establishing budgets, allocating resources and help you to consider contingencies that keep you control.
Managing and planning your to-dos is invaluable to any project lead or manager. Arming yourself for the successful delivery of your work is paramount to your own personal success and the ultimate success of your organization.
So, you have articulated your business strategy and your goals, and you have established your corporate values, now what? It is now time for the rubber to hit the road.
Business Planning allows you to get out of your head and get it all down on paper. Often, we are so bogged down in the lists and lists of lists, we have no ability to stand back and see the bigger picture. When we become overwhelmed, staff begin working in silos, morale drops and you begin hearing things like – what priorities do we need to work on first? When will this project be finished? And, I don’t understand my role.
By employing a disciplined and collaborative approach to planning you and your team are more likely to achieve success against your strategy. Maintaining alignment between your strategy and your plan may seem obvious, but it can often be overlooked. Getting help to make sense of the chaos and being challenged to optimize and articulate your path forward is always time well spent. Having a plan that supports your strategy gives you the tools you need to make decisions efficiently and with clarity.
If it is not in the plan and is not linked to the strategy, why would you do it?
Webster’s Dictionary defines strategy as a careful plan or method for achieving a particular goal usually over a long period of time; the skill of making or carrying out plans to achieve a goal.
When you set out to start a new business or join an established team, your ultimate goal is success. But, have you actually taken the time to visualize how you will achieve that success? Strategizing to achieve your goals is the crucial thinking and the brainpower that is required to articulate your goals, to declare your purpose, and to accelerate and solidify what your legacy will be in the world. Whether you are a solopreneur, CEO of your own business or you are leading a national association, everyone needs a well thought through and articulate strategy that will allow you to reach your goals and achieve your mission and vision.
By taking the time to strategize for your future and by putting language and rigour around articulating your goals, your strategy becomes the life blood of your business. It becomes a living breathing representation of who you are and why you exist in the world. It allows you and your team to become aligned with the corporate vision and mission that drives your business success. It gives you a game plan that brings more balance and clarity to your actions and allows you to ultimately flip the switch from being reactionary to being purpose-driven.
The beauty of developing a strategy is that it is not complicated. It is a necessary tool for anyone who has a goal they want to achieve. All that is required is the time, space and discipline to ask yourself the right questions and to focus on your team’s unique strengths. The discipline of the process allows teams to collectively think through competing priorities with a balanced approach. It brings colleagues along on the journey to success and it validates that the work you are doing is being done efficiently and with greater effectiveness.