The ambition translated: THE IMPROVEMENT PLAN
Which plan makes us better and brings us closer to reaching our ambition?
Do you work with an annual plan?
- Is this year’s plan no different than last year’s plan?
- Is the annual plan session merely a mandatory ritual?
- Does the team find it difficult to agree on priorities?
- Does the plan drain the team’s energies through indecisiveness?
Many managers and professionals treat annual planning as a routine
Annual planning is perceived as a scheduling exercise and results in a list of activities for the coming year. Because many things can change the usual focus is on recurring activities. As a result, the annual plan is highly predictable, and seldom a trigger for change and improvement. A missed opportunity.
A true annual plan is an improvement plan that articulates the performance climate
An improvement plan marks the path between our present position and our shared ambitions. A true annual plan enables the team to determine whether it moves forward and closer to the ambition. A true annual plan helps the team to reflect on the choices made and the effectiveness of the improvement initiatives.
An improvement plan enables the team to maintain the course set
The plan ensures that the team is not sinking into the issues of the day. It helps to distinguish main issues from side issues. An improvement plan clarifies when to say ‘no’ to projects and initiatives that do not contribute to the realization of the ambition.
We help you and the team to create an Improvement plan
As a leader you’re in the lead. We help you and the team ask the right questions that yield a true Annual plan which offers grip and energizes the team. An annual plan ‘new style’ guides the team on its journey of continual improvement.
An improvement plan helps the team:
- affirm the shared ambition
- set ambitious AND achievable goals
- make clear choices
- focus on continual improvement
- take responsibility for goals and actions