As any individual or team looks forward, there are almost always many paths that can be taken and some paths may be significantly better than others. Good strategic planning boils down to picking the better paths - a leadership skill that must be developed.
Of all the things you can do to pick better paths, I am suggesting that you at least do these three things:
- Learn from your past. If something is working well, keep doing it (unless there’s a truly compelling reason to change). If something hasn't been working, stop doing it. I continue to be amazed by individuals and teams who keep doing the same things that either haven’t worked or work marginally well. Take the risk - change paths.
- Do enough research to identify good paths that have already been discovered by others. In many cases, there’s no reason to “reinvent the wheel.” Expending resources to discover a new path isn't wise if good paths are already well marked and traveled. Good, established paths should be easy to find with a little research.
- If you are going into uncharted territory, establish clear measurables to track your progress and be ready to make course corrections quickly. Objective measurables keep us honest, check our emotions and confirm that we are on the right path or that we picked the wrong path. In EOS terms, update your Scorecard and review it weekly in your L10 Meetings.
Again, there’s more you can do to make 2015 a great year. At least do these three.