Fail to plan? Plan to fail!

Strategy is vital for change, as without a plan we don't have direction - and your people need direction. Engaging your team is essential when working through change processes - goals that are set and then worked on together will be achieved faster. Without the buy-in of your team to support your change strategy, it will be very difficult to implement your plans successfully.

We have found that involving the right experts from within your team in the right processes helps to get big jobs done faster. It could be something as simple as moving offices, which we have recently done. If you plan things properly, the execution will present a lot less challenges.

When you have big goals ahead of you, it’s easy to feel like you’re not making enough progress. Sometimes it may seem that you’ll never make it to the finish line. To prevent these feelings of defeat, it’s important to measure the progress. Establish key metrics right from the start, and communicate clearly with your team and stakeholders so everyone involved knows exactly what the goals are.

Does something feel like a mammoth task to people who are already busy? Consider breaking the steps that need to be taken to achieve your goals up into smaller chunks. The process will seem more manageable and more achievable that way.

Think of breaking up a task that must be completed by the end of the month into a weekly or even daily tasks to make sure the deadline is met. If a task takes an hour instead of half the day, you’ll instantly avoid the "how am I supposed to fit this into my busy schedule” questions.

Use the SMART goal setting process

  • Specific - well defined and clear to anyone involved in the project.
  • Measurable - know if the goal is obtainable and find out how far away completion is.
  • Agreed Upon - all stakeholders are on the same page about what the goals should be.
  • Realistic – goals are achievable within the available resources, knowledge and time.
  • Time-Based – Allow enough time to achieve goals but not too much as that stalls performance.

Work on a single goal at a time; as working on too many goals at once will prevent momentum. What people call multitasking is really task-switching, and research shows that it’s not nearly as efficient as we like to think it is. Tick your goals off as you achieve them along the way and more to your list if you like. Just make sure you work on one thing at a time.

If you recognise roadblocks that cannot be solved by you and your team, consider external help. Engage with experienced experts and use their advice to overcome the roadblocks you face. You’ll achieve much more, and prevent your team from feeling bogged down. Celebrate the progress, lead by example, and keep emphasising the positive.

 

~ Arron Edwards, Bravesight CEO

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