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Simple, Not Easy

  1. September 29th, 2015  | 

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Published in Strategic Planning

Strategic planning season is upon us.

That’s the good news.

Here’s the bad news: Most strategic plans fail.

These plans rarely fail because of misguided strategy or a lack of good ideas. If anything, organizations have a bad habit of putting too many good ideas in their plans.

Most plans fail because of problems related to execution. There are too many non-essential initiatives. There’s confusion around roles and responsibilities. Failure to follow-through is a perennial problem, and lack of accountability is everywhere.

My book Lead The Way outlines a simple planning process and a straightforward approach to its execution. The strategic plans that I help organizations develop make it very clear Who will do What by When. There’s also clarity around rewards and, yes, penalties.

You can download for free a fast, simple, one-page planning template I developed called a Migration Chart™ to serve as a roadmap as you and your organization move, or “migrate,” from your current situation to an ideal future outcome.

A simple plan will drive high performance.

So keep your plan simple, because execution is not easy.

About the Author: Greg Bustin advises some of the world’s most admired companies and leaders, and he’s dedicated a career to working with CEOs and the leadership teams of hundreds of companies in a range of industries. He’s facilitated more than 250 strategic planning sessions, he’s delivered more than 600 keynotes and workshops on every continent except Antarctica, and he coaches leaders who are inspired to take their career to the next level. His fourth leadership book— Accountability: The Key to Driving a High-Performance Culture (McGraw-Hill) —is a Soundview Executive Best Business Book.

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