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Know the Basics of Action Planning

Action Planning

One of the main goals of any Strategic Planning Process (e.g Business Strategy, Digital Strategy, Win Strategy; as explained in our courses) is to define an overall Action Plan that will allow the objectives of the Strategy to be reached.

In this sense, the Action Plan is about who does what by when.  It should include all the necessary actions to be successful that could be classified according to:

  • Leadership / Organization Agenda
  • Relationships / People Agenda
  • Business Agenda
  • Marketing & Media Agenda

One of the Main Problems in Strategic Planning: Action Plan Is Not Put into Practice

Sometimes planners are fatigued from carrying out the earlier stages of planning. Action planning might seem detailed as well as tedious opposed to earlier stages of strategic planning that frequently seem creative and resourceful in nature.

Action Planning
Action Planning

As a result, action planning is too often taken for granted, leaving the outcomes of earlier phases of planning much as “castles in the air” — worthless and ineffective philosophical statements without grounding in the everyday realities of the company.

For this reason, we must guarantee that the Action Plan is put into action and the following activities developed:

  • Assign a strong leader to manage the plan.
  • Anticipate how the plan will affect your employees, processes, and culture.
  • Communicate the action plan early-on and regularly.
  • Hold team members accountable for what they “signed up for” in the Action Plan.
  • Review team accomplishments and metrics.
  • Follow performance according to the performance management process described later herein.
  • Schedule quarterly Business Strategy Reviews with your leaders.
  • Monitor the plan’s progress and make changes when necessary.
  • Up-date the Action Plan and live it!

The advantages of a well-executed Action Plan are plentiful from seeing immediate accomplishment to escalating the motivation in tactical planning.

Being more than SMART

Many people in organization know about the fundamental criteria for reliable and steady goal attainment: Smart, Measurable, Achievable, Realistically set hit, Target date and time driven.

These criteria have been available for a lot of years. On the other hand with all the modifications in the 21st century industry world, workplace as well as labor force, the smart criteria have to get bigger to take account of three additional criterion.

  • Entire objectives must be written. Through having an action plan which takes account of the entire written goals assists to keep focus on the preferred end results. Even recurring objectives as updating a lot of financial data every day have to be written anywhere in the action plan.
  • Entire goals must be united to the action plan. A part of planning process, where the goals have to be aligned to every employee’s owns action plan.
  • Entire objective have to be yours. Although the action plan has organizational objectives, every worker has to own these objectives. The WIIFM or What’s In for Me results in WIFFU or What is In for Us.

Today’s labor force is different than fifty years ago. Congregation line attitude no longer drives these days workforce. Data workers need to know that their hard works are important.

 

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