Do You Believe in the Planning Fairy?

Lead Change Blog

What about the Planning Fairy? Sure, you may say you don’t believe in the Planning Fairy, but your behavior might say something different. You might believe in the planning fairy without even knowing it. With homage to Jeff Foxworthy, here are ways to tell if you might believe in the planning fairy. You might believe in the planning fairy if you believe planning should take as long as necessary to get all the facts. Leadership myths Planning

Succession Planning: A Critical Priority

Lead Change Blog

His leadership skill, coupled with his dynamic personality, dedication to higher purpose, love for his people, and will to succeed, as well as his lack of ego, has made Southwest a very successful company. At Times of Leadership Transition. That is also true in leadership. At some point a succession plan must be prepared to ensure that the company continues to be successful. Make Succession Planning a Priority. True leaders are hard to come by.

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Reflection and Planning

Lead Change Blog

It is important to capture what did not work, because you can learn from the lessons to avoid the same mistakes, or come up with a plan on how you will improve yourself. How did you improve your leadership capabilities? Leadership development is continuous. Whether you had a good or bad year, it is important to answer the above questions to enable you to document and, more importantly, come up with a plan that will help you navigate the upcoming year.

Three Critical Questions for Strategic Planning

General Leadership and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! The post Three Critical Questions for Strategic Planning appeared first on General Leadership. Guest Posts executive leadership Leadership Leading Leaders Mickey Addison performance Planning strategic plan success Team

No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results

Speaker: Cy Wakeman, M.S., CSP, President, Reality-Based Leadership

Cy Wakeman proposes a radically different approach to HR leadership. Changing the ways leaders think and the strategies they use in their work is a serious and critical economic issue. Leaders should help others develop the great mental processes they need to eliminate self-imposed suffering and choose to be accountable for driving results. Growth Plan

General Leadership

We created The General Leadership Foundation to facilitate connection between you and America’s most trusted leaders in order to promote growth and learning. We believe leadership is a choice, experience promotes growth and our individual example is the most powerful tool we possess to influence positive change. Our desire at The General Leadership Foundation is to interweave the universal principles of leadership in our conversations with you–one opportunity at a time.

Burn the Business Plan

Leading Blog

I F YOU ARE THINKING of starting a business—and apparently nine million Americans are currently thinking about it and only about 500,000 actually do each year—you will want to read Burn the Business Plan by Carl Schramm. What these high-tech startups have in common with all other entrepreneurs is that they don’t follow a business plan. The detailed and rigid planning of your typical formal business plan is of little value once the business gets underway.

Disaster and Contingency Planning Lessons from the ICU

Lead Change Blog

In a hospital, lives are saved or lost long before patients’ treatment plans are written and implemented. Planning is Impersonal. Are you a leader tasked with planning for routine operations along with the response when routines are disrupted in ways big or small? When Plans Fail. It’s inaccurate to accuse Memorial Hospital of not having a disaster plan. If you are a line employee, acquaint yourself with your organization’s contingency and disaster plans.

Planning to Be Lucky: Are We Betting on the Wrong Thing?

RapidStart Leadership

Can we really plan to be lucky? All that and more in … Planning to Be Lucky: Are We Betting on the Wrong Thing? The post Planning to Be Lucky: Are We Betting on the Wrong Thing? appeared first on RapidStart Leadership. Planning and Organizing 42 branch rickey leadership planning planning to be lucky problem solvingHe said, “Luck is the residue of design.” Who was it, and what did he mean?

10 Key Parts Of A Business Plan

Eric Jacobson

Tasked with writing a business plan ? Business Plans Eric Jacobson Leadership

The Myth of “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail”

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Most planning is for the best-case outcomes, ignoring the high probability that something will go wrong. Failing to plan for problems leads to disasters that could have been avoided. The post The Myth of “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail” appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership. Guest Post Gleb Tsipursky

Six Essential Steps For Strategic Planning

Eric Jacobson

Here's one more gem from the book -- the authors' recommendations for a six-step strategic planning process : Set an aspirational destination (derived from the mission and vision). Develop detailed plans that will deliver on selected strategies.

2020 Exit Planning Checklist

Strategy Driven

So, there is no better time to begin planning for the inevitable than the present. The earlier you begin planning, the more options you will have for a successful exit. However, like any strategic plan, it can be difficult to know how and where to begin. What is your post-exit “life-plan”? Business owners can often regret leaving when lacking a plan for life that replaces the sense of purpose and meaning they experienced in building their business.

Leadership Inspirations – Planning

Strategy Driven

“You can never plan the future by the past.” Leadership Inspirations buisness quote inspirational quote leadership quote strategydriven” Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797). Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher.

Are You Falling for the Myth of "Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail"?

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Dr. Gleb Tsipursky: You probably heard the advice for entrepreneurs that “failing to plan is planning to fail.” Making plans is important, but our gut reaction is to plan for the best-case outcomes, ignoring the high likelihood that things will go wrong. A much better phrase is “failing to plan for problems is planning to fail.” To address the very high likelihood that problems will crop up, you need to plan for contingencies.

The Planning Doing Cycle

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Rarely will you have the luxury of time to plan everything out before you start a new project or change initiative. However, jumping ahead with no plans is a recipe for disaster. Instead of planning and then […]. The post The Planning Doing Cycle appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership. Leadership Leading Change Team Effectiveness Involvement Planning Team Charter

A 30-60-90 Day Plan For New Leaders

Lead Change Blog

Whether the leader is brand new to leadership, or new to their team, or is a seasoned leader in a new company, the ability to quickly establish change can make or break the leader as well as their teams, and possibly the organization. I have realized over the years that the most effective way for a leader to create results and build culture is to adopt a rolling focus, 30-60-90 day game plan. Now is the time to plan marketing, strategic growth and revenue opportunities.

Why Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Work

Lead Change Blog

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a billion dollar business for good reason. An ERP management information system integrates areas such as planning, purchasing, inventory, sales, marketing, finance and human resource. Resources enterprise enterprise resource planning Leadership

A Succession Planning Template

Great Leadership By Dan

Succession planning is critical in order to ensure the long-term success of any organization. See my latest post over at Management and Leadership for a template that contains all of the most common data elements of a good succession plan. succession plan succession planning template

A Getting It Wrong Plan

Leadership Freak

… Continue reading → Failure Personal Growth Solutions Growth Leadership Development leadership successI came across a pony-tailed biker-type guy with a long scruffy beard in a cigar shop. He was a retired union pipefitter that had traveled the country welding pipes in nuclear power plants.…

Drive Business Results with Communication Planning


While important initiatives always have a game plan behind them, daily communications between leaders and employees are often unplanned or buried beneath other pressing business priorities. However, planning communications is often the key to employees having the information and context they need to help an organization or team achieve its vision and goals. Internal Communication Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Nuke Plan “B”

Leadership Freak

… Continue reading → Courage Decisions Failure Fear Taking others higher fear of failure Leadership You don’t need more options. Options distract focus, drain energy, and paralyze progress. Life is richer when failure matters. Vibrancy results from courageously choosing a path and closing the door on the rest.…

Refining the Plan: Hamburgers on the Tennis Court?

RapidStart Leadership

How do you know if your plan will work? Having a solid plan is one thing; knowing that it will work is something entirely different. In the transition from idea on paper to success in the real world, refining the plan though testing is probably one of the smartest things … Refining the Plan: Hamburgers on the Tennis Court? The post Refining the Plan: Hamburgers on the Tennis Court? appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

Write Down a Great Plan for Your Team

Lead Change Blog

Strategic planning is one of the main elements of successful leadership. But how do you write a great plan for your team? We’ll lead you through specific steps that will help you write a great plan that will push every member of your team to a successful outcome. Understand the Concept of a Project Management Plan. You’re not providing a strategic organizational plan for your team. You’re giving them something else: a project management plan.

How to Start Planning for Your Succession

Lead from Within

Business leaders always ask me, when is a good time to start planning their succession, and I usually answer the day you become the leader. And many of them are shocked, but the truth is, succession planning takes time and development; and if you want to grow leaders you have to groom and grow them, it doesn’t happen overnight. So if you are wondering how to start planning for your succession, this is how. The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness.

Get Promoted at Work | Your 10-Point Plan

Career Advancement

If you’ve been quietly demonstrating leadership behind the scenes, let others know! Devise a plan for getting to know key decision-makers who determine who gets a promotion. Focusing on big-picture tasks will prime you for a leadership position. Want to revamp your own plan for promotion—or need some guidance on getting started? Hire leadership coach Joel Garfinkle to help you devise and implement ideas that propel you along the career path of your dreams.

How to Demonstrate Your Leadership Potential Now

Let's Grow Leaders

You know you’ve got leadership potential. The post How to Demonstrate Your Leadership Potential Now appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Career & Learning Leading Remote Teams getting noticed as a leader leadership leadership potential succession planning

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Three Things Your Remote Leaders Need to Plan for Next Year

Kevin Eikenberry

The post Three Things Your Remote Leaders Need to Plan for Next Year appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Coaching & Developing Others Leadership & Supervisory Skills Personal & Professional Development new year planning planning remote leader remote leader planning remote leadership year-end planningReady or not, here comes 2019.

The Strategic Planning Process

Coaching Tip

Here is the background regarding the importance of clearly understanding the " intangible identity elements " that consist of the assumptions/beliefs, values/aspirations, vision and guiding principles as it relates to creating a Vision/Mission Statement (along with the supporting business plans that each functional unit will put together based on the leadership developed Vision/Mission Statement). . The Planning Process. Third step (the business unit action plans): .

Steps and Tips for Proper Project Planning

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development We have all heard the age old 7 P’s about the effects proper planning has on your performance. Poor planning is one of the top reasons most businesses fail. The ability to properly plan and complete projects can be an extremely intricate, complicated [.]. Leadership Development Project planning Team productivity Teamwork Work Performance

Making Succession Planning “Real”

Great Leadership By Dan

I recently asked readers to submit their burning leadership development questions. This question from Jen: “How do you make succession planning a ‘real thing’? We’ve begun a focus on Individual Development Planning – and it is my main cause in life to move names on the chart. How do I get the leadership team to see this as important? Any guidance or best practices around making succession planning real would be very helpful.”

Five Keys to Planning Better Virtual Meetings

Kevin Eikenberry

The post Five Keys to Planning Better Virtual Meetings appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Leadership & Supervisory Skills Personal & Professional Development facilitation meetings remote leadership virtual meetingsWhenever I ask groups about the effectiveness of the meetings they attend, the responses are dismal; and when those meetings are virtual, rather than in the conference room down the hall, they certainly aren’t better.

Free Individual Development Plan (IDP) Template

Great Leadership By Dan

The most popular post on this blog continues to be one of my first posts written in 2008 called How to Write a Great Individual Development Plan (IDP). Development Actions: This section is the heart of the development plan. Notes on Progress, Lessons Learned: A development plan should be a living document that is discussed throughout the year and updated as needed. development goals free template IDP individual development plan leadership development plan

The 7 Laws of Planning During Turbulence

Leadership Freak

A five-year plan is a fairy tale in turbulent environments. Planning is making decisions ahead of time. Last year’s… Continue reading → Courage Encouragement Optimism Personal Growth pessimism courageous leaders Growth Leadership Development organizational successThe best you can do in uncertainty and turbulence is set direction and improvise.

28 Leadership Development Recommendations for your Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the September edition of the Leadership Development Carnival ! For this month’s edition, I asked an all-star cadre of leadership development bloggers, authors, and consultants to submit an answer to the following question: “We all know that individual development plans (IDPs) need to be tailored for each leader. Do employees speak up, challenging the leader''s plans, decisions, and actions if they see a gap?

The Thing I Hate About Planning

Leadership Freak

Everyone needs to feel responsible, not relieved, when planning meetings are over. A collective sigh of relief at the end of planning sessions predicts disaster. 15 factors for creating great plans: Try things for awhile. Figure… Continue reading → Success Leadership Leadership Development organizational success

How The Best Leaders Are Already Planning Past The Crisis

Lead from Within

They need to immediately begin looking ahead and planning for the future to make sure they’re prepared for what comes next—even if they have no idea what shape it will take. Here’s how you can emulate the best leaders in planning through crisis. Learn from the present while planning for the future. Make sure the most current information and trends are reflected in your strategic planning. The Leadership Gap. A Leadership Manifesto: A Guide To Greatness.

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How to Make a Personal Plan for 2018

Leadership Freak

A good plan is like new shoes. Safe plans waste time, energy, and talent. Good plans disrupt. Real plans disturb the status quo. How… Continue reading → Failure Values mission & vision Growth Leadership DevelopmentYou’re excited to have them but they’re uncomfortable.

Six-Step Strategic Planning Process

Eric Jacobson

Here's one more gem from the book -- the authors' recommendations for a six-step strategic planning process : Set an aspirational destination (derived from the mission and vision). Develop detailed plans that will deliver on selected strategies. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership Planning Strategic PlanningAwhile back, I shared highlights from the useful book, First-Time Leader , by George Bradt and Gillian Davis.

Contingency Planning | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While this is understandable, it is nonetheless naive, and it constitutes a major flaw in the business logic of most strategic plans. This is so much the case that the most often overlooked aspect of strategic planning is adequately addressing contingencies as part of the planning process. Smart leaders view obstacles as a constant rather than a variable, and incorporate that thinking into their planning. link] Most Tweeted Articles by Leadership Development Experts [.]

How to be Successful: The 9,051-Step Plan

RapidStart Leadership

And be sure to sign up now for twice-monthly Leadership Updates with more tips and exclusive content not available elsewhere on the site! The post How to be Successful: The 9,051-Step Plan appeared first on. RapidStart Leadership Blog Take Action Written Blog achievement goals planning steps successCan you imagine climbing a staircase that is one mile high? Seems like a lot, right?

25 Coaching Questions to Create your 2013 Leadership Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

Creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a great way to capture those actions and increases your chances of keeping your commitments to yourself. Senior leaders often hire executive coaches to help them create their development plan. Managers, once you’ve created your own plan, use the questions to coach your employees to create their plans. Why are you interested in developing your leadership skills? What does great leadership look like to you?

What a Success Plan Is (and Isn’t)

Great Leadership By Dan

So, it makes sense that we as leaders would want to create a success plan for our people. A success plan is much more than an annual performance review. What Is a Success Plan? Why should they have to wait for their next performance review to have a dialogue with me about their dreams, their success plans, or their jobs? I redefined the whole notion of a success plan. To be successful at success planning you have to know the full person.