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Short-Cycle Planning

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:

  1. Determine how progress monitoring measures align with weekly progress toward measurable goals.
  2. Use the results to help you decide on strategies.
  3. Use results on the progress monitoring measures to report at the end of a short cycle.
  4. Apply a green-yellow-red (GYR) assessment (the Stoplight process) for each goal.
  5. Describe areas that are working well and look for what’s causing improvement.
  6. Describe areas not hitting the target and find out why they’re not.
  7. Determine if, or how, areas need adjusting.
  8. 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℠

Excerpt from: Maximize Performance | Feature image: Skills RS

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