I left a lengthy session with a client deeply involved in their strategic planning process. When I say deeply, I mean way over the top. They asked me to help them finish the plan. They felt they were too close to the task at hand to hold themselves accountable to the finish line.
This is a company that has experienced great growth. Ownership felt they needed to put some type of plan together rather than run in the direction of hot sales as they have on the past.
So here they are – planning, and planning, and planning. Meanwhile, the world and all of those hot sales are passing them by. Everyone is committed to planning, leaving no one to keep the business flowing. Operations are slowing down, designs contain more errors, and the road warriors are not on the road selling. All the key players are focused on planning their future. And, just as they dove in and pursued the hot sales during the infancy of their company, they are now driven and focused on the planning efforts. However, they have become “stuck in the moment” of all the planning…and they “can’t get out of it”.
In Leadership, there is a time to realize the balance between planning and execution needs an adjustment. Todd the CEO, realized this at the quarterly review when studying the running 12 month reports on sales, backlog, errors, and manufacturing.
Then he called me…
As we worked through activities of the past few months, it was clear the collaboration process and Team involvement on the strategic plan had taken leadership control away from Todd. We worked through the symptoms to the core issues. Todd found his leadership had been absent while he was allowing all the planning activities to take over the momentum of his Team away from their focus on execution.
Todd was faced with two challenges. First, he needed to get his Team engaged in the tasks at hand. Secondly, the Team needed to put some of their planning to work and begin to execute some of their action steps.
As time has passed, Todd is leading again. Sales are coming in. Quality is on track. Manufacturing is in process. And, there are some elements of the strategic plan completed.
The Rare Leader™ is able to blend all twelve of the key behaviors, and balance them with, and against each other.
The Rare Leader™ is also able to
discern the fragile balance between planning and execution.
- Are you “Stuck in the Moment”?
- When you are stuck, are you able to “get out of it”?
- How do you prevent getting “stuck”
- What tools and resources can you use to identify and maintain the proper balance between planning and execution?
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