Planning is a great way to continuously review and reflect on our progress, or do what we call short-cycle planning. Here’s the point to remember: every day counts, and if we don’t have a process for reviewing our goals and evidence showing our progress along the way, too many days will get away from us.
For now, here are quick tips on short-cycle planning:
- Determine how progress monitoring measures align with weekly progress toward measurable goals.
- Use the results to help you decide on strategies.
- Use results on the progress monitoring measures to report at the end of a short cycle.
- Apply a green-yellow-red (GYR) assessment (the Stoplight process) for each goal.
- Describe areas that are working well and look for what’s causing improvement.
- Describe areas not hitting the target and find out why they’re not.
- Determine if, or how, areas need adjusting.
- Define the next short-cycle priorities and focused measures.
The short-cycle planning process shows where we need to focus our efforts, and it also highlights leadership gaps. The most successful leaders have a strong desire to adjust plans when needed and engage in development opportunities to make them better leaders.
How can you, as a leader, apply short-cycle planning to prepare for the next year and strengthen your organization?
Asti Kelley, Studer Education℠