“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Some people despise planning. They prefer to jump in thinking they’ll figure it out as they go.
I understand that time and mental space are valuable resources and flexibility is a critical organization skill. But, rarely have I seen a first round idea be the best, brightest or most useful opportunity for an organization.
Engaging colleagues in exploration of ideas almost always results in a stronger concept. Here are a few questions to consider as you examine current programs or explore new ideas and opportunities.
The basics are always a good place to start:
- What are we trying to achieve?
- Who are we attempting to serve?
- Which organization or division goals will this advance?
Maybe ask a couple new questions and see where the discussion leads you.
- What is the most significant challenge to achieving ____?
- What is right with this idea?
- What will success look like?
Plans are helpful to ensuring good investment of organizational resources. However, a truly a successful organization is one that is strong enough to develop a plan, flexible enough to monitor and navigate the environment and smart enough to refine and execute a change in plans.