5 tips that will help you plan to execute effectively

Most often than not, we tend to make a lot of plans that never come to fruition. This is not about just setting goals and making them work. This is now about management, planning and executing of strategies and task, or whatever the case at hand might warrant.

Today’s piece talks about how you can plan to not only make things happen but also plan to execute that which you had in mind.

Below are 5 helpful guidelines that will help you plan to execute better as from now on.

Strategy execution is the responsibility that makes or breaks executives - Alan Branche Click To Tweet

1. Make a Plan

Before you plan to execute anything at all, there is no gainsaying the first thing you should do is to plan. Come up with a plan of what you are going for. Make sure you think about all facets of the strategy and project before you go out.

You should know that the planning stage is more than just coming up with a strategy or idea. You have to take into consideration other things such as

  • Proposed timeline of the project
  • The resources (human, financial, etc) needed for the success of your project
  • How you intend to keep track of success
  • How you intend to report the progress
  • The ultimate achievement of the project, etc


2. Communicate

Once you have your plan, and it’s a solid one, you are sure the time for communication has come. Involve as many people as will be relevant to the achievement of the goal in your communications.

Make sure when you are communicating the project to them, you leave room for inputs. There is no way you would have thought about all the basics and specifics on your own. Even if you have, your team is bound to come up with some ideas for you.

While the onus is on you to either accept or reject the ideas, it is your job to make sure they are all welcomed initially.


3. Set Goals

Long-term and short-term goals will go a long way in helping you execute your plan successfully. The ultimate long-term goal would be getting to the end of the execution chain for the process you are about to set in motion.

Depending on how long it is going to be, there could be a series of smaller long-term goals too. You should then look to break these long-term engagements into a series of short-term goals.

The good thing about short-term goals is that they motivate you when you reach them, rather than making you wait a long time for a ‘big break.’ That can sometimes be depressing. For more on goal setting, you should look at this informative piece we have done on that subject.

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. - Sir Winston Churchill Click To Tweet

4. Execute

You have been going a while now, 3 other steps to be precise, and it is the time to start doing. Your strategy is set, the team is set and everyone knows where they are supposed to be. The only thing left for you to do is actually start working the job.

During execution, give everyone on the team a means of reporting back. Track everyone’s progress (including yours, even if you are the manager) to make sure you are always in line with the performance indicators and required targets per stage.

Keep tabs on everything and anything that directly or indirectly relates to the success of the project. That way, you can make decisions on the spur of the moment and have a cushion against possible future occurrences.


5. Rewards

Remember how I said short-term goals will help you give yourself constant pats on the back? Turns out morale boosts are not the only things needed to get you and your team going.

You will also have to plan out how each and every person on the team gets rewarded for their efforts. As the project lead/ head, it is imperative that you base your rewards plan on the output of each individual.

I know industry rates/ standard rates might dictate that some qualifications get paid better than others. In the case the lesser qualified ones (on the books, that is) are making more huge waves than their more qualified counterparts, even though they work harder, introduce a rewards plan that is more than money. You could send them on training, give them bonuses, extend their paid vacations, etc.

You will be surprised at how far small gestures like that go to push money into the background.


Five steps as promised. All that is left now is for you to go out there and set the ball rolling. What project have you been putting off for a while that you would now plan to execute?

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