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Susan M. Heathfield

Planning or Execution?

By October 16, 2013

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Does your company debate planning vs. execution? Whenever a client company plans an offsite meeting, several managers support the strategic planning-type session.

Others are quick to bring up executing the plans made at the former planning session. In your department, or your work group, or even in your personal life, all of the plans in the world don't make good things happen.

You need to focus in on an achievable number of plans or goals, execute them as flawlessly as possible, and involve as many members of your workforce as you can.

If appropriately involved, employees will own the implementation, the accomplishment, and the celebration. Include others early to minimize resistance to change and build support and commitment.

I see debates periodically about how many people can effectively participate in strategic planning. These are my recommendations for team size. You can also approach planning with a larger group by breaking up into smaller discussion groups that then share their ideas with the whole team. You risk excluding needed participants and garnering less support if your planning is simply a numbers game.

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