Managers: What’s Your Plan B?

Lead Change Blog

Others, full of optimism, forge ahead with gusto, experience meteoric success, and later face a precipitous change in fortune due to a circumstance that could have been planned for. For career and business success, it’s worth pursuing a middle ground—one where we take calculated risks but have a fallback strategy in case Plan A craters. I found myself wondering if better contingency planning could have mitigated the damage. Some people miss out on life’s opportunities.

Change Management Communication: 5 Step Planning Guide


Organizations going through change naturally focus on the project being implemented – what has to be done by when to complete the action plan. What is Change Management Communication and Why is it Important? They often don’t give as much thought to what people need to do differently to achieve the desired results. Yet most organizational change won’t succeed without employees somehow adopting new ways of working. Communicating Change

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Are You Planning for When the Storm Passes?

Lead Change Blog

Then, I have a few who see this as a passing storm, which requires clear thinking and planning for when their company emerges from that storm. Sir Alex Ferguson , regarded by many as one of the greatest and most successful soccer managers of all time, commented once that his team, Manchester United, had a virus that infected everyone. The post Are You Planning for When the Storm Passes? Professional Development crisis future Growth Mindset perspective Planning

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.

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

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.

Frontline Festival: Best Practices in Project Management and Project Planning

Let's Grow Leaders

Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival on project management and planning. We’ve been doing a lot of work with project managers and their teams in our corporate work as well as speaking at a number of Project Management Institute conferences and […]. The post Frontline Festival: Best Practices in Project Management and Project Planning appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders.

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.

How To Write a Professional Development Plan

Strategy Driven

First, you have to create a systematic development plan that helps you focus on every aspect of your job. Then, you can take action and put the plan in motion. In this article, you’ll learn how to create a step-by-step plan to develop your individual skills or to better the whole team.

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.

Why You Should Start Estate Planning Today

Strategy Driven

Planning ahead is important in order to make sure your assets are dispersed in the way you intended. An estate plan is an important plan to have at any stage in life. The Importance of an Estate Plan. The Pieces of Your Estate Plan.

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.

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

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.

Why Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Work

Lead Change Blog

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a billion dollar business for good reason. This business process management software makes it easier to manage a complex business because integrated applications help automate a number of back office functions and coordinate all operations. An ERP management information system integrates areas such as planning, purchasing, inventory, sales, marketing, finance and human resource.

FREE Goal Planning Toolkit!

Survive Your Promotion

The best thing you can do for your personal and professional development is build your goal planning skills. To help you do that, I’m offering a five part goal planning toolkit completely FREE! SMART Goal Planning Template. 1 Year Goal Planning Matrix. These tools, as well as access to the Management Essentials Online course, are free with any coaching plan. Setting Goals Free Tools Goals Management Tip Motivation SWOT

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Now Is The Time To Plan For 2020.

Rich Gee Group

December is the perfect time to start laying out your plans for the new year. Answer these questions (I will break out each section for business owners and corporate executives to make your planning a better fit for your profession): 1. What projects were a big hit to upper management and customers? Looking back gives you a great foundation to start planning for 2020. Don't wait until January to start your planning.

The Individual Development Plan and Discussion: The Manager’s Viewpoint

Great Leadership By Dan

Most managers have good intentions when it comes to developing our employees, but good intentions often fall by the wayside. An individual development plan (IDP) is a great way to turn good intentions into specific, written plans and a two-way commitment between you and your employee! Read my latest post over at Management and Leadership to find out how to prepare and have an individual development discussion with your employee.

Succession Planning Best Practices for all Levels of Management

Great Leadership By Dan

Executive Coach Beth Armknecht Miller says it is essential for companies to make succession planning a priority at all levels of management. Read Beth’s guest post over at Management and Leadership: Succession Planning Best Practices for all Levels of Management to find out why and how. Beth Armknecht Miller succession planning

Get Promoted at Work | Your 10-Point Plan

Career Advancement

Highlight your project manager competencies. Devise a plan for getting to know key decision-makers who determine who gets a promotion. Reevaluate how you manage your time. If you have a tough time managing all your responsibilities now, how will that look once you’re promoted? Want to revamp your own plan for promotion—or need some guidance on getting started? “When there are hiring decisions and promotion decisions to be made, people are hungry for data.”

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.

Making Succession Planning “Real”

Great Leadership By Dan

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. Any guidance or best practices around making succession planning real would be very helpful.” Succession planning without development is only a hypothetical exercise. Senior and middle managers are REALLY good at figuring out what’s “real” and what’s not.

A 5 Step Action Plan to Require of Colleges.

Rich Gee Group

With that in mind, during the worst recession that we have personally experienced, colleges have managed to double their price. Texas A&M just announced their plan to be open in the fall with their fill of students on campus and a plan to play football games in front of packed crowds. The colleges will spend more time dodging, defending, and deferring than planning, preparing, and adjusting. Step # 5- A 5-Year Plan, a 3-phase approach Phase 1.

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. Here is a summary of the strategic planning process: .

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.

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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. Specific Tasks: Projects, stretch assignments, task forces, delegated responsibilities from the manager, etc… Role Models, Coaches, and Mentors: Role models are other employees that the employee sees as highly skilled in the areas in which they to improve.

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.

Succession Planning: Not Just for Older Leaders

N2Growth Blog

In fact, in research reported in the Strategic Management Journal (February 2006), Henderson, Miller and Hambrick found “in the dynamic computer industry, CEOs were at their best when they started their jobs, and firm performance declined steadily across their tenures, presumably as their paradigms grew obsolete more quickly than they could learn.”. It is clear once again that planned CEO succession is necessary. By Patricia Lenkov , Chair, Executive Search, N2growth.

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.

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

RapidStart Leadership

It’s a lot more manageable that way, right? Any great accomplishment can be broken down into smaller, more manageable steps. 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?

10 Succession Planning Best Practices

Great Leadership By Dan

There’s more to succession planning than coming up with lists of candidates for important positions on the back of a cocktail napkin. I’ve been studying succession planning best practices for years. They “connect the dots” – they can clearly articulate the business case for doing succession planning (or the consequences of not doing it). Manage the irrational, political, and emotional dynamics of succession.

Strategic planning must change with the times

N2Growth Blog

If you’re frustrated by your organization’s current strategic planning and execution processes or the outcomes from that work, you’re not alone. Here are 10 changes needed to enable a wholesale paradigm shift in strategic planning and execution methods that will significantly improve your results: 1. In the new paradigm, developing, planning, and executing strategy is more inclusive so that strategy becomes the job of every employee not just a handful of senior executives.

Creating A Life Plan. Today.

Rich Gee Group

home about rich our team news our fans services executive coach business coach speaking inspire media knowledge books affiliates contact Rich Gee Group 203.500.2421 Creating A Life Plan. My life plan system is comprised of four areas: Create A Purpose Statement. You need to be resilient and stick to the plan.

Succession Planning Development Plans: Skill Gaps or Experience Gaps?

Great Leadership By Dan

Or, you’ve done a position based succession plan for key positions, and identified a slate of 3-4 candidates for each position. Maybe you’re a manager, and you’re just concerned about identifying and grooming successors for you own position, so that you’ll have a replacement ready when it’s time for you to move up or on. Well, unless you create and implement a targeted, robust, realistic, and measurable development plan, all that work will have been for nothing.

Future-Proofing Your Strategy with Scenario Planning

Harvard Business

A conversation with consultant Peter Scoblic on scenario planning lessons from the U.S. Strategy Strategic planning Forecasting Crisis management AudioCoast Guard.

Corporate Training for Your Company | 3 Step Plan

Career Advancement

Patrice knew she needed to get serious about succession planning. As part of this plan, she wanted to hire a corporate trainer to help the aspiring leaders by giving them the tools they needed for the next level. Since she wanted to get a great return for her investment, Patrice carefully outlined a strategy for planning the training. Along with motivation, they deliver a plan of action that directly impacts the bottom line.

Managing Change Effectively

Lead Change Blog

Combatting the impact of individuals’ cynicism, especially when exacerbated by an apparent lack of buy-in from middle management. A lack of ‘Why’ and ‘Can Do’ modeling, especially by leaders and managers. Uncertainty and confusion on the part of managers tasked with handling “sensitive material.” Developing a shared focus on becoming a “learning organisation” and actively managing its cultural change.

Succession Planning Basics: the Template

Great Leadership By Dan

I’ve written posts on how to do succession planning , why do succession planning, why not to do succession planning , how to achieve better gender balance through succession planning , and a boatload of other posts on the topic. However, one thing I have not shared with readers of Great Leadership is what an actual succession plan looks like. When someone refers to a “succession plan”, they are usually talking about one of three things: 1.

Starting a Business? Plan Your Exit Now

Strategy Driven

When you put an exit in those terms, “plan your exit now” sounds like a recommendation to dream about the ways you’ll spend your millions. Knowing this ahead of time will inform your decisions and influence the business’s management and growth. Entrepreneurship exit plan exit planning strategydriven troy underwoodWith the explosion of startups in Silicon Valley, the idea of a flashy and lucrative business exit isn’t anything new.

Free Goal Planning Toolkit!

Survive Your Promotion

Tips for New Managers on Navigating the Transition from Individual Contributor to Team Leader Skip to content Home About the Book About Katy Recommended Reading ← Motivation Aligning Team Goals with Organizational Objectives → FREE Goal Planning Toolkit! Posted on December 30, 2009 by Katy To help you start off 2010 right I am offering a four part goal planning toolkit completely FREE! 15 Responses to FREE Goal Planning Toolkit! Survive Your Promotion!

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Turning Time Management Into Life Management

Lead Change Blog

The concept of time management is outdated. You can’t manage time. You can manage life. Often, the ambitiousness of our plans does not result in equally laudable accomplishments. Time managers aim to do as much as possible. Life managers concentrate on what they have done. Another life management tool and significant efficiency booster is a simple break. Life management postulates that an efficient worker either works well or does not work at all.

Why successful plans include a learning component

Lead on Purpose

… Continue reading → Learning Product Management business processes products sales successWe’re almost done with the first month of 2017. Most statistics I’ve read about people who set new year’s resolutions show that more than half have already given up by this point in the year (in less than one month).

The Individual Development Plan and Discussion: The Employee’s Viewpoint

Great Leadership By Dan

An individual development plan (IDP) is a great way to turn good intentions into specific, written plans and a two-way commitment between you and your manager! Read my latest article over at Management and Leadership to find out how to prepare your own IDP and discuss it with your manager. employee development employee development plans IDPs individual development plans