Struggling to Get Things Done? Commit to the Strategic Plan

It has been said that the devil is in the details and when it comes to executing our strategic plan the details count.

We are continuing our look at 5 habits that make execution easier.  This week we are focusing on habit #1.

Commit to the Strategic Plan

Our execution flows from the strategic plan and if we are second-guessing our strategy we will not execute well.  All key people in our organization must be committed to the current plan – this increases the likelihood that we will all be moving together in the same direction.

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the definition of commitment is “a promise or firm decision to do something.”  So, when we are not committed to our strategic plan, we are likely to consider it a suggestion.  It is easy to ignore a suggestion and in the case of our strategic plan, our actions are likely to become random.

As leaders and business owners it is good to remember that people do what we do.  When we are saying one thing and doing another people will ignore what we are saying.  This truth means that we are the first people who must commit to the strategic plan.

We are likely to improve the level of commitment across our business when we…

  • Involve the people who are responsible & involved in the execution of the strategy in its creation.
  • Establish a culture of accountability.

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