How do you balance the enthusiasm of vision with the cold hard facts of reality?
You know that failing to plan is planning to fail. But, like many leaders, you might resist the planning process. Planning requires long hours of often brain-numbing meetings, but that is not the reason you likely dread the planning process. If you have been around for any length of time, you know that plans often fall short of your hopes, which can make planning discouraging. You want realistic plans that will provide clarity, an organized execution, and ultimately, the desired results.
Unfortunately, the planning process often misses this mark.
The process is easily sabotaged by one of two extremes: pie in the sky enthusiasm or pessimism. When you engage in organizational planning, you need to govern yourself to remain optimistic and realistic. You need to embrace the vision of stretch goals, while not accepting goals that are unattainable.
One way to do this is to build regular pause moments into your planning process where everyone can take a deep breath and honestly answer, “Are these goals going to stretch us to be our best?” and “Do we believe these goals are achievable?”
If you find strategic planning challenging, it’s worth getting help. A coach can provide a ballast that keeps the planning conversation on track and brings it to a productive conclusion. If you’re curious about how it works, schedule a free consultation today.