Blogger Rick Van Ness offers his observations:
- Most executives look forward to the planning process as an opportunity to look at their business from a fresh perspective
- These same executives can't wait for the process to be finished so that they can go back to meaningful work
- Too many planning processes are too complex
- It is difficult to find the key issues and decisions in multi-page plans
- Plans that are developed for funding are rarely used to run the company
- Too many of the plans are ceremonial
- Most executives are appalled at the ability of their key manager's ability to think strategically.
- Writing is difficult for most people. It is much easier to talk about a plan than to write one.
- Almost all executives and managers have plans .. not all of them are in writing.
- Finding a company where written plans exist, it is rare to find direct linkage between the plans, budgets and executive incentive compensation.
- Lots of companies have scorecards... unfortunately by tracking everything, they don't focus on the key performance indicators that are critical.
BOTTOMLINE: Plans are worth nothing if they're not actively used and communicated.
Make the plan important all year long by reviewing the performance and progress against the plan as a part of your weekly individual plann meetings, and monthly management team meetings.