Are You Using a Cascading Planning Process to Be Ready for 2019?
By this time in December, we at Nolan Consulting Group have worked with our clients using our Cascading Planning Process (CPP) to make sure the answer is a resounding YES! The CPP starts with your long-range vision and ends with every employee having a “line of sight” to that vision.
Let’s discuss how:
- Check your Strategic Intent. What do you hope to achieve over the next 10 years?
- Write down your three-year vision for the business and share it with your team
- Conduct a full team S.W.O.T. (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis.
- Create a list of Big Rocks for 2019
After reflecting on your Strategic Intent, take the results from the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) you and your team have worked on and create your Big Rocks for 2019. What is Big Rock? It’s an idea or project that you have identified as being necessary to complete by year-end. The Big Rocks address the things that may be inhibiting your growth or will assist in that growth.
Coordinate who is assigned to each Big Rock and set expectations for what done looks like. Is this a yearlong project with bench-mark points along the way or can you expect results by the end of the first quarter. Be clear and have dates and expectations tracked.
Set Monthly On-the-Business (OTB) Meetings. Establish a regular meeting for your management team to work through growth issues and check on Big Rock status.
Our CPP is clear with timing on meetings and 90-day plans are vital to ensuring movement and accountability for all members of your team.
Remember to have one on one conversations with key employees to determine how their development is in line with the vision.
Following the NCG Cascading Planning Process is a sure way to set your business up for success in the New Year.