Plans and Planning

Sometimes you can’t win http://www.weeklyramble.com/index.php/weblog/more/walking_on_water/. When, at times, “all else” seems to fail, what the heck are we supposed to do?

Clearly, we can’t lie down and declare defeat! No way can we just give up and walk away! Nor can we lose focus and motivation because then, we will never win.

So what is one to do?

Obviously, there is no single answer (I hope to hear many from you). But, here is some food for thought:

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
– (Ike) Dwight D. Eisenhower

Ike’s answer?

Flexibility, depth of understanding and knowledge, ability to move on, learn on the fly and most important, no holding on to one way of doing anything.

Plan like hell. But, be ready to move “on a dime.” I once heard an Army General lecturing to a business audience say “all plans are merely the platform for change.” What was his point? The best change management—the most successful change environments—were created by planning and not just random acts of revolution; adjustment or modification.

What’s your view?

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