Planning for a new year is not an unusual undertaking. You may even have meetings several times during the year dedicated to this purpose.
Do you try to make your plans perfect during the process?
You may be hurting your organization with your planning more than helping. In the planning process, when you try to make perfect plans, you are holding yourself back. You’re probably restricting your organization’s growth, as well.
Strategic planning trumps perfect planning.
Strategic planning is the ongoing process of setting the direction of your company. It’s an ONGOING process. Get your plan right for the time being, and then get going on getting it done.
There is quote, that has been paraphrased repeatedly, that applies to this discussion. “A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.” Those words came from General George Patton.
It’s impossible, and it’s always been impossible, to create a perfect strategic plan.
Stuff happens too fast for a perfect plan to remain perfect for long. However, the direction of the plan can remain true and can be adjusted and refined over time. The major areas of emphasis to achieve the plan have to be decided on but can’t really be perfectly defined. Your path to the future will not be straight. It will evolve over time.
Keeping all of this in mind, don’t go for a perfect plan. Go for the right direction, and get going.