Planning is not an event
Planning is not an event. It is the continuous process of strengthening what works and abandoning what does not, of making risk-taking decisions with the greatest knowledge of their potential effect, of setting objectives, appraising performance and results through systematic feedback, and making ongoing adjustments as conditions change.
– Peter Drucker
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Thank you for this reflection, Kathleen. It came at an absolute perfect time for me. I have an extremely important planning session with some key players at our service today, and this lends great perspective as I move forward throughout the day. Have a prosperous new year!
Thank you for the feedback, Darrel. I hope your planning session leads to opportunities for continuous improvement!
Thanks for the great reminder. I think as a consultant I too can get caught up in the idea of ‘phases’ — planning and then implementation — and forget to remember that continuous improvement applies as much to the planning process as it does to the everyday implementation.
Although I am often engaged to help with the “event”, I remind my clients that the plan is never created in concrete. However, I need to go further and help them design a step to frequently and intentionally revisit and massage the plan to allow it to bend and adjust to the continuous changes and demands of the world around us.
Thanks for the timely post. Have a great day.
With a smile,
Thank you for the reminder to all of us not to get too attached to the process, but to see the process as serving us as we adapt to change.