Making decisions is important, but the effect of those decisions is significantly reduced if the decisions are not documented in the form of written plans. Business Transition Consulting can help implement the effective documentation of planning.
Planning is the result of the decision-making policy of the business. It is something that should be done continually. Since a plan will not be a perfect predictor of the future, the plan in place lets you ask the best question: Why did things not go as planned? That is something to ask consistently.
Having a plan and having a sustainable policy-making group means that the plan will be amended on a continual basis. These changes must be documented and published for the plan to be executed.
You have to plan before you act, but you do not have to spend a tremendous amount of time planning. The mileposts not being met will let you see the plan is not working. Change the plan the first time you see it is not working. Perhaps their assumptions that now have been proven wrong. Perhaps there were surprises – events not recognized or considered in the plan. Because you have the plan documented, you do not have to re-stage the retreat. Use email, get reactions and thoughts, and then make revisions. Make the mileposts reasonable, start with the one you missed, and revise the plan. When you revise the plan as you go, the plan is there, up-to-date, and does not need reinvention. The revision does not take time away from productivity, it helps the time spent on productive matters be more effective. Revising the plan as you go can mean the difference between a profit or a loss situation for the operational plan, and it can mean accomplishing long-term goals for the strategic plan.