Human being is a planning animal. He always needs to extend his intentions beyond the immediate present. We live in tension towards the future, even if we do not have any knowledge and certainty about it.
It is our nature. In reality, until a few centuries ago, we weren't so "forward-looking". History for millennia has only confirmed the passage of time and the succession of somewhat similar events. The future was a roughly equal extension of the past. From the 17th century onwards, when man began to develop the ability to scientifically understand the world and to transform it, he began to have a positive expectation towards the future. It was no longer a neutral dimension, similar to the past, but it became a great potential. Even today, the future is the dimension within which reality evolves and becomes concrete. Planning, therefore, becomes the first step of realization, and to realize concretely means giving life to the future.
Planning is an amazing tool for the leader to motivate their team. It is an exercise in which everyone must take part, because it represents the highest expression of involvement in building the organization's future. Starting the process is the critical stage. To start, you need to identify the need or need (they are not synonyms) to do something, plan a series of actions, start with the first of them and put the plan into action. Planning means projecting today for tomorrow, through a series of organized actions.
And here is the other essential element, the organization. Planning means organizing a series of actions in a logical, that is, rational sequence. Starting a business only under the impulse of enthusiasm, but without organized planning, to see if it is so difficult to die ... "). As you begin planning, ask yourself, and ask your team, the following questions:
- are we able to analytically list all the steps necessary to complete the plan and, therefore, to achieve our goal?
- Once the steps have been identified, are we able to organize them according to a logical sequence, that is, ordered according to the criteria of what is logically done "before" and logically "after", gradually until the final action?
- Are we able to attribute a lead time to each action and / or activity?
- Are we able to define a time frame of the project, with start date and expected date for the achievement of the objective, or rather the completion of the plan?
- Are we able to insert and harmonize the logical sequence of actions and the related implementation times in the time frame?
Once this exercise is completed, the final result will be a plan, in which all the actions will appear, ordered in a logical and temporal sequence, with their respective implementation times.