Friday, November 19, 2010

The purpose of planing

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is important to plan not because everything you plan will happen or that things will go according to your plan but it is important to do so to build your confidence. Everyone has examples of things not going their way or as planned. The key is learning how to improvise. There are always going to be many factors that cannot be managed or be predicted.

It is the same in life and leadership. A good leader knows how to improvise and make decisions when things don't go as planned. Sticking to the book or the rules will not always work. Learning to adapt quickly and improvising is necessary. This does not mean you never stick to the 'book' or rules. Having rules is good but to they also have to be flexible.

So go ahead and plan and plan well. Boost your confidence and have an expectant future but when the unexpected happens be quick to adapt and improvise.