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Simple, Not Easy

September 29th, 2015  | 

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 is an executive coach, consultant and speaker who has delivered more than 500 keynotes and workshops on five continents. Greg advises leaders at some of the world’s most admired companies, and his views about leadership have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., Investor’s Business Daily, Leader to Leader, and other major publications. He’s written five leadership books. His newest book, How Leaders Decide: A Timeless Guide to Making Tough Choices (Sourcebooks), examines decision-making in history’s greatest triumphs and tragedies. How Leaders Decide

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