It’s kind of annoying really, but the best example of effective strategy implementation is a successful diet. And as millions of people fail every day at their diets, it’s no surprise that a similar success rate exists for organizations struggling to execute on their plans for the year.
Measuring the results that matter most is what creates success in both scenarios. Successful execution of a plan is a game of inches (and pounds) where consistent movement forward is what will produce dramatic results over the long run.
The first step is to identify those activities or measures that will be the bellwether of progress. The second and equally important step is akin to the weekly weigh-in at weight loss centers across the country. It requires the creation of a system for consistently evaluating progress relative to the measures of success. This provides the opportunity to make adjustments and allocate resources appropriately as time progresses.
So how are you doing implementing your plans this year? Bathing suit season is right around the corner…