Follow the PLAN... to COMPLETION
It is one thing to start a plan, but to start a plan and see it through to completion is not a natural inclination. Most of us abandon plans before we reach completion.
I have a tendency to start plans and I stick with them until it “seems” the plan isn’t working. My assumption is that every plan should hit the “bullseye”. At whatever point the plan seems to be faltering, I return to strategy mode.
Leaders, do you find it difficult to start a plan and follow the plan to completion? When your plan seems not to be working, do you scrap the plan and start over? Have you noticed fatigue in your staff when you introduce “the NEW plan”? You’re in good company.
What I have learned by being in this cycle of starting-over-yet-again, is that you will never know if the plan is working if you do not follow the plan to completion. When you give up on the plan too soon, you miss valuable information and experiences that will serve you well in your plans and projects to come.
As a leader, when you are in a continuous process of starting new plans and never fully complete the present plans, it causes those who follow you to to be confused and they will lack the confidence to bring any plan to fruition.
When it makes sense to do so, follow the plan to completion. If the plan achieves the objective, that’s great. If the plan does not reach the objective, you now have enough information to know why and what adjustments needs to be made.