Brilliant : We're talking about your plan, right Basic : Good. Complicated : Holding hidden dangers. Clever : Approach with extreme caution.

Leadership Inspirations – Planning

Strategy Driven

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

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. Ready or not, here comes 2019. If there is a time of year that leaders have the most to do, this might be it.

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. Planning doesn’t help and is mostly a waste of time.”

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

Open-Plan Offices


[Photo by Social Cut at Unsplash] Wally Bock's weekend leadership reading assignments tackle the open-plan office

Planning and Reality


[Photo by Chris Knight at Unsplash] With all plans there is a point where you have to take the plunge. Planning is good, is essential and teaches you a lot. But it isn't reality. Nicholas Bate

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. There are two ways of approaching the upcoming year: create a concrete plan that you can follow or go with the flow.

Succession Planning: A Critical Priority

Lead Change Blog

At some point a succession plan must be prepared to ensure that the company continues to be successful. The following are key to success of the transition: A proper plan must be in place to enable the successor to learn the ropes and step in when the time comes.

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.

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The Power of Game Planning

Chris Brady

In a previous article, Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward covered The Power of Goal Setting from their NY Times bestselling book Launching a Leadership Revolution. Today, we are featuring Brady and. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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. The post Refining the Plan: Hamburgers on the Tennis Court?

Plan B


Plan B may be as complicated as Plan A so it doesn't make sense to view it as an easy road to salvation. If it is so much easier, why wasn't it Plan A

Three Important Points to Include in Your Business Plan

Strategy Driven

Business plans are a prelude to success, and failing to create one is a mistake that too many small businesses make. To help you achieve a good business plan that will help you succeed, ensure you include these three points: Market Analysis.

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. Internal Communication Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

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. Brand Strategy Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership Strategic Planning StrategyAwhile back, I shared highlights from the useful book, First-Time Leader , by George Bradt and Gillian Davis.

A Getting It Wrong Plan

Leadership Freak

I 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.… … Continue reading → Failure Personal Growth Solutions Growth Leadership Development leadership success

When Evil Planned


A few months later bin Laden, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, and Abu Hafs gathered in Kandahar to pick potential targets. The three men were the only ones involved. Their goal was not only to inflict symbolic damage. Bin Laden imagined that America - as a political entity - could actually be destroyed.

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

The 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.

The Plan of Repeated Steps


You don't need a life plan. You don't need motivation, self-confidence, peer support or even luck. All you need is the willingness to take the next most obvious step - then repeat the process again and again, regardless of how you feel. Try it.

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. I found myself wondering if better contingency planning could have mitigated the damage.

Business Planning is a Business

Women on Business

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Turnaround Plan


Blame others. Check yourself out. Issue policies. Establish core values. Do something dramatic. Emphasize and execute the basics. Bring in a motivational speaker. Let people know how much you appreciate them. Increase monitoring. Strive to foster trust. Forget the odds. Do the evens

Plan Your Bursts


Plan your bursts Photo by Aaron Burden Our minds take us elsewhere, either directly or indirectly, and it is important to recognize that fact. Unless you work on an assembly line, your work day is not one continuous flow of productivity. You work in bursts.

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. The best you can do in uncertainty and turbulence is set direction and improvise. Last year’s… Continue reading → Courage Encouragement Optimism Personal Growth pessimism courageous leaders Growth Leadership Development organizational success

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

Plans Look Simple


Plans often look simple when: They have not been executed; The lawyers are far away; People have not started to change their minds; and Adversity is only a theory

The End Of Long-Term Planning

Strategy Driven

With the pace of business change today, driven by technology and globalization, long-term plans last about as long as an ice storm in the desert. As military experts put it, plans rarely survive contact with the enemy. You just finished reading The End Of Long-Term 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.

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.

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. method of succession planning.

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

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. And if you can’t build a compelling case, maybe succession planning just isn’t a priority.

Three Critical Questions for Strategic Planning

General Leadership

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

Pause Before You Plan

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

→ Read More: Pause Before You Plan The post Pause Before You Plan appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership. This is a lovely moment. The darkest day of the darkest week of the year in the northern hemisphere.

Escape Plan


( 42) You'll never really get to know a person if they have a smartphone in one hand. Go on a "back to basics" journey with Nicholas Bate

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

RapidStart Leadership

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?

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. Planning Horizon: Old paradigm strategic planning has been historically focused on a long term horizon, usually between 3-5 years.

Strategic Planning – How Much Should Organizations Spend on Business Planning?

Strategy Driven

Well-crafted strategic and annual business plans provide a sense of purpose and direction. Given the value strategic and annual business plans represent, how much should be invested in their development? Strategic Planning Warning Flag 1 – Business Unit versus Goal-Based Planning.

A 5-Step Training Plan to Think like a Navy SEAL

Great Leadership By Dan

Here is a five-pronged plan for you: 1. Guest post from Mark Divine : The world is more complex and faster than ever.

Succession Planning: Not Just for Older Leaders

N2Growth Blog

It is clear once again that planned CEO succession is necessary. CEO Profiles Crisis Management Operations & Strategy Success CEO Onboarding CEO Succession Planning Dell Computers Dell Computers CEO Micahel Dell Offboarding Succession Planning

8 Tips to Leading a Great Strategic Planning Session

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Patrick Thean : In business, a leader’s ability to strategically plan for the company’s future is of the highest importance. Your company will not be successful if you don’t have the strategies and execution plans in place to reach your objectives.