Archive for May 3, 2017

Goals Without Plans Are Just Daydreams

Goals without plans are well-intentioned daydreams. Vision without execution is just a hallucination. To move from hallucination to reality requires execution. The answers to effective execution include clear plans, objectives, focus, motivated teamwork, and measurable intermediate milestones.

Execution starts with a plan. The plan sets the stage with strategy, lays out the objectives, then the required steps and actions to be carried out and the timeframe in which the actions should be accomplished. Like the vision, a plan needs to be clear. The plan needs to be as comprehensive as possible with an appreciation of the risks and challenges, and well thought out different plan for all the major risk points or hurdles. Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis are the key preparation exercise heading into a planning process.

Once a clear executable plan is ready, the focus becomes paramount. Common techniques for maintaining focus are to enlist the key objectives and milestones. Milestones are important because we are far more willing to chase goals, to achieve results, and to make the sacrifices necessary to deliver the outcome when we understand why the goals matter. With shared sacrifice must come shared success and victory, and shared

Measurable intermediate milestones are crucial to maintaining focus and pace. Intermediate milestones give one a measuring stick and a goal toward which to sprint that is within easy sight and distance.

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Posted May 3, 2017 by dranilj1 in Are you Smart?

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