Planning to Win

A friend of mine called me the other day and wanted to know if I’d talk with him about strengthening his volunteer base.  I immediately began thinking about some simple steps that he could take.  I remembered that I could give a lot of practical steps, and there could be some improvement, but if there’s not a clear vision and the systems are not planned well, then much of that advice won’t matter.

I read this quote in a post by Shane Duffey:

Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win. – Bobby Knight

How you start matters – Your plan matterssystems matter.  If you fail to plan, you plan to fail (sorry for the cliche, but given the subject matter it had to be used).  If you don’t intentionally plan, then things aren’t going to happen.  Or worse, they’re going to happen, but you have no idea what the outcome is going to be.

I know, you can spend too much time on systems, structures, and planning, and never act.  There are people that have a hard time moving forward from this process, me included sometimes, but that’s no reason to adopt the ready, fire, aim approach.  For the sake of yourself, your mission, and those you lead, please do some solid planning on the front end, and continue to reevaluate regularly.


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