Monday, April 23, 2012

Success Depends On Preparation

"Success Depends On Preparation", I am a big believer in contingency and backup plans, and then backups for the backups! After I helped negotiate and organize a conference, the hotel staff presented me, as a thank you, a flask inscribed, "The Ultimate Backup Plan.
 Confucius said, "Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
 Leaders still run meeting without creating agendas, and the result of that is almost always wasting time, inefficient, overlooking essential details, and less than optimum accomplishments.
 While in an ideal world that may be true, most situations are not ideal.
" That is because in companies, items are ideally delegated to skilled and trained workers, whose job it is to accomplish particular tasks.
 Since volunteers serve voluntarily, and almost always have other responsibilities in their "real world," it is far more difficult as well as risky to depend on delegating to volunteers.
 This often creates personality and attitudinal difficulties, with things such as resentments and blame often replacing achievement and thanks.
 This may or may not encompass their vision for the organization, but must be goal oriented.
 From that, they must create "Plan A," Backup Plan B," "Plan C," etc.
 A firm time line, and review schedule should be included as well.

Organized leaders create one other form of preparation that I refer to as the "What if?" scenario.
 This last detail is often the difference between an organizational disaster and a huge success!