Having a plan isn’t worth much if you aren’t able to successfully implement it! The ability to successfully create and implement your strategic plan is crucial to the success of your business. I am going to walk you through what you need to do to successfully implement your strategic plan.
Stages of Implementation
Knowing what your intention is and setting it from the start is important. Not only will it help you define the objective up front, but it will also expedite your vision and give you clarity from the onset. This is key to successful implementation.
Once the intention is set, setting the framework is an easy task to follow on from this. You can now effectively set the plan into motion. The intention will feed into the framework of the strategic plan and give it more detail. This is where you add the company milestones. Include dates so that they are not open-ended “tasks” that are never met.
This is the meat of the implementation of your strategic plan. You need to know what must happen, by when it should happen and who is responsible. This is a complete breakdown of tasks that meet the milestones you set for your business in the intention and framework stage. If you are concerned with time frames, missed deadlines or if you generally have a hard time achieving goals you have set for yourself, get a mentor. This level of commitment is a sure fire way of getting the accountability that you need. Your mentor can also spend some time going through your execution plan with you.
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Change must be measurable. I briefly touched on metrics in this blog post: “How to create a strategic plan for your business.” If you include a unit by which you are able to measure your progress from the get-go, you can immediately start to see what is working and what is not working by reviewing your metrics. Have you started seeing results within the allocated time frame? Is the outcome what you were expecting? You will know whether or not you need to make adjustments based on the control measures you’ve included in your strategic plan.
The only way to get ahead and stay ahead is to continuously evaluate what is working well. Use your metrics to evaluate and assess your strategic plan. Drill down on what is working really well. Spend some time on what is not working well. Often times people discard something if it is not working, without first understanding the reason. Understanding why certain parts of your plan did not work is as important as understanding what worked and why. Knowing why it did not work will help you avoid making the same mistake when you revise your plan.
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