Last year, they spent $12,000 on a planning consultant to help them put together a business plan that included Carl’s division. Since it was delivered, last February, only three people have even looked at it. No wonder Carl was reluctant when I asked for this year’s plan.
“Why the sad face?” I asked.
“Planning is one of those management skills that I always seem to put off,” Carl replied.
“Carl, at the end of this year, do you want your division to be exactly as it is, now?”
“No way, there are several things I would like to change.”
“Good. Carl, here are some questions for you:
How can you design those changes so they are well thought-out?
How can you communicate your ideas clearly to other people?
How can you bring people together to discuss your ideas so they have a better chance of getting done?”
Carl thought for a minute, then finally spoke. “I guess I should write down my ideas, to make sure they are clear in my own mind, then I can send them around to the other people on my team.”
“Would you like a small planning template to help you get started?” I asked. Carl’s eyes got wide as his head moved up and down.
If you would like a copy of the template I am sending to Carl, just ask.