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7 Steps in Creating a Great Plan

As I started writing this post I had to take a moment to reflect on the passing of highly respected author last week.

Stephen Richards Covey (79) died on Monday July 16th after complications from falling from a bicycle in April. Covey was in my opinion one of the world’s foremost authorities on leadership. He was an American educator par excellence, a multiple times New York Times best selling author, and a great motivational speaker. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Among the many things he will be remembered for will be his hugely successful book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. In the book, Habit 2, Covey tells us when we plan we should begin with the end in mind. Great wisdom and very applicable to this week’s Weekly Wisdom of setting up a great plan.

Staying with my theme of keep my weekly post short and simple, here are seven pointers to help you create a great plan.

  1. Set measurable objectives.
  2. Define the strategies required to obtain them.
  3. Determine the tactics necessary to achieve them.
  4. Allocate the resources required throughout the process.
  5. Implement and execute your plan.
  6. Evaluate performance and review new developments.
  7. Initiate corrective adjustments.

A successful plan always depends upon a clear understanding of where you are heading and how you plan on getting there. Still only the first step in that it provides you a road map, but you still have to get there. More about that next week…

Meanwhile it’s time for you to start writing your plan.

Stefan Swanepoel

Stefan Swanepoel - Stefan Swanepoel’s life has been a “Serengeti journey”—from his birth in Kenya to schooling in Hong Kong and South Africa eventually, running a New York-based global franchise network with 25,000 sales associates in 30 countries. In all he has served as president of seven companies and two non-profit organizations.

  • crocodile k

    This makes sense, now if I could just find that piece of paper I started my list on and have the wherewithall to focus and take to make a touchdown.

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