Direction Matters – Following a Plan

“Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.” – Peter Drucker

All the effort in the world won’t make up Compass-Buttonfor going the wrong direction.  If I want to go to Florida from North Carolina I have to go south.  Any other trajectory will lead me to the wrong destination.  Planning is something we all have to do in our business and personal lives.  Here are some of the things I use to stay on plan.

Tips for Continuous Planning

  • Make a Plan – it may seem obvious but if you don’t have an end in mind, all the planning in the world won’t help.  Make a plan, in detail, and write it down.
  • Schedule Regular Review – The shorter the time to the goal, the more often you need to review your plan and progress.  A quarterly goal needs weekly review, a yearly goal requires monthly review, etc.
  • Measure Twice – just like the milestones of the Roman empire, we need to set milestones or waypoints to know two things: are we going in the right direction and how long until we get there.  Set a few KPI’s that will measure trajectory and velocity so that you know how well you are doing against your plan.
  • Review with Others – employees, customers and vendors all have a unique perspective that you don’t.  It doesn’t have to be a formal meeting, but ask some pertinent questions to make sure others see you going in the direction you want.