We have all witnessed failures that occurred because a good plan was not properly executed. The reasons may include funding, timing, distribution, marketing or location issues. Also: when people don’t perform as expected, a good concept can collapse.
How can you help make sure your good plan is well executed?
- Double-check your plan for its shortcomings. If only 4 of the 5 necessary factors for success are present, carefully consider whether the missing element can be overcome.
- Get feedback before you launch. Trusted associates can help you refine your plan and may have valuable suggestions.
- Listen to the doubters. It’s easy to dismiss those who are less optimistic than you. Even if you choose to proceed, their input can warn you of obstacles.
- Carefully monitor the plan’s implementation on a daily basis. Correct big problems immediately. Make the tough decisions.
- Remain flexible. Not everything will go as planned. Expect the unexpected. Revise the plan as needed.
- Trust but verify. If you are delegating responsibilities, keep close tabs on your plan’s progress and the people guiding it.
- Work hard. Whether your plan’s execution is going smoothly or not, your time and energy increase your odds of eventual success. Make it happen.