We have set our goals for the new year and are back at work. Now the challenge –getting everyone on the same page and setting up the communications system for coordination.
At MKM Management Consulting, we recommend 90-Day Action Planning. Bringing groups into alignment and agreement takes a bit more structure and accountability. We have been using 90-Day Action Plans to accomplish alignment.
Our 90-Day Action Plans can be used at every level of a system. The 90-Day Action Plan consist of One Game-Changing Quarterly Goal, a strategy or big action step for accomplishing that goal, then creating 3-5 tasks that move that goal along over the next 90 days. This doesn’t overwhelm team members whose plates are already full. We help teams and individuals to make those big audacious 2023 goals less overwhelming by creating quarterly benchmarks and 90-day action plans that take all things into consideration – capacity, skill building, timing, scheduling, strategy, process, inter-departmental coordination, conflicts, and more.
We know you have been thinking about these things. But has your team? Have they discussed the intricacies of coordinating the details and communications for their work with colleagues and other teams? The time to do this kind of coordination is definitely now. Now you can still influence schedules as projects get sketched out. Sometimes we are called in to facilitate these conversations. The value of an outside facilitator is that we are neutral and can question the status quo. We can support teams in this process, especially, when formal planning is new to the culture or there is a new leader.
90-Day Action Plans…
- Give you as a leader a built-in accountability tool for yourself and your team. When we work with nonprofit clients, we have their board create their 90-Day Action Plan and empower the Chair to implement this management tool to keep the board on track.
- Inspire coordination conversations no matter what part of the organization does it. It inspires the alignment of different departments and teams so they are adjusting their schedules and deadlines to accommodate their teammates while delivering their work products on time and on budget.
- Help you to look 90 days ahead to see what you need to be doing now.
- Help you remain flexible and able to pivot as the world constantly changes around you. It is just enough time to get things done and requires you to keep scanning your environment internally and externally to adjust your strategy and approach to the changes you see.
So, set up your 2023 with 90-Day Action Plans and set yourself and your team up for success in bite-sized manageable pieces. “Make success almost inevitable” to quote my friend and CEO of Move the Crowd, Rha Goddess.