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Have you seen this in you company? I would be surprised if anyone says “No.”
So what can you do about it? LOTS. The most effective way to get RESULTS and not just activity is to ensure that everyone puts together an annual plan. The plan should outline what is expected of them for year. It should also allow everyone to measure what is achieved against what was expected.
Annual planning should not be time consuming, it should take no more than a day to put together. For a straight forward role you should be able to put together a plan in a couple of hours. At end of process everyone should know what is expected of them and what they will be measured on. Hey presto you have a performance management tool as well!
To ensure success of your annual plans and ensure you get RESULTS out of your employees it is important that everyone updates their plan on a monthly basis. We have found time and again that best results are obtained when there is monthly follow up. This also need not be time consuming but it must be done.
Either put together your own annual planning process or use a simple and effective tool such as One Page Business Plan (www.onepagebusinessplan.com – take system tour). We have been involved in business planning and project planning for many years. In every case results are improved when planning is done and followed up with on a regular basis.
Create effective and results driven plans.
Graeme Nichol (www.arcturusadvisors.com) has worked on four continents and 23 countires over the past 20 years. Graeme focuses on developing teams that produce results through being focused aligned, accountable and pulling in the same direction