Business planning. Is it exciting, or a painful management exercise you should hope you’re sick for?
It’s one of the most important things that (senior) leaders do. There are no guarantees that you’ll do it right, other things can unexpectedly come into your environment and mess with your plans, your team could screw up the implementation, and it’s easier to just keep doing what you’re doing.
Enter: leadership; not management, not people in leadership positions, but leadership.
Leaders live between two worlds. The one you’re standing in, and the one they are working to bring about. They can taste what the future will be like, and they understand the challenges of getting there.
When the pressure is on, it feels like DOING is the most productive thing you can spend time on. Sometimes this is true. But the more strategic your job is, the more conceptual and nebulous the challenges you’ll face, and the more impact you have. This is why aiming before you pull the trigger is totally essential. Leaders affect change by unleashing the resources of the aligned workforce. The choices they make flow through many people, and have the potential to create tremendous impact.
Putting the work in up front, crafting a strategy that has been deeply considered, pays off in spades as the resources of an entire organization come online to implement.