The 34th President of the United States was also a decorated military General. Dwight D. Eisenhower was known for having quite the way with words. He is often quoted and one that always comes to my mind is “In preparing for battle, I’ve always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable”.
Truth was spoken. A “plan” or a strategy is nothing more than a map in your hand. Worthless unless you’re doing something with it.
“Planning”, on the other hand, requires thought and dedication to take action with those strategies. If you’re planning, you’re part of the process and you have buy-in from the start. Everyone knows the goals, the strategies used and the tactics implemented to carry out the actions needed for success.
Think about your business and your daily life. Do you have a plan? Great, but how is it being carried out? Who’s in charge of what aspect and how will everyone know when the goal has been achieved?
Strategic Planning is one of our core competencies. Call us at (352) 800-4407 and let’s talk about your plan. Then let’s talk about how we can make things happen through professional and structured planning.
Oh, and you may wonder what made me think of “Ike” today. Oddly enough, I was looking for a new “To-Do” app for my Android device. I’ve used a few but frankly found them overly complex when they didn’t have to be (I suppose they’re doing what they can to justify the couple of bucks you’ll pay for a “Pro” version). I found one called “IKE”. I downloaded it, found it to be basic…simple…not over-baked and liked it. I was a high-roller and ponied up the $1.99 for “Pro”. As I went back to leave them a well-deserved review I read the product info.
You see, General Eisenhower used a simple priority matrix in order get his “to-do’s” done. Well, it was actually author and motivator Steven Covey that called the Eisenhower method a “matrix” in his “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. Prioritizing tasks from the start is the foundation of “IKE”. I like Ike. You might like it, too.