Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Importance of a Master Plan

A Master Plan is crucial to success.

No vision - no master plan. No plan - no action .. or at least ineffective action. And no action - no results. No results - no benefit delivered. It's a pretty simple trail to follow.

Take the time to plan.

The time spent developing a master plan that stretches out some distance in the future will pay off handsomely.

Master plans need to be flexible to respond to new developments or opportunities that may open up. Taking the time needed to develop and update a good plan will assist in decision making at every meeting for years to come.

Do you have such a comprehensive plan?  What would it take for you to develop a 10 or 20 year plan?

Take the time to discuss any philosophical reasons you may have difficulty doing this. How will you make your plan responsive to new directions, yet fixed enough to serve as the major tool for future development?

If a vision answers to 'what', a comprehensive plan answers to 'how'. A good plan is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound - SMART.

A master plan doesn't bind. It frees.

Take action on developing or revisiting a 20 year plan. It will stretch both your thinking and the possibilities. Work with your Coach on creating the framework for this comprehensive document.

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