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From Plan To Execution

Sometimes we have good plans and other times we have really great plans, but a plan is only as good as its execution. The ability to follow through with your plans is what separates real entrepreneurs and productive people from wishful thinkers. If you don’t intend to go all the way, why start the project?

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Let us look at starting up your company, how do you move from a great plan to making it into a reality? What are the pitfalls to avoid? What are the possible loopholes to block? What are the dos and the don’t?
The problem is usually not the idea or even the planning; it is the part when you have to execute.

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Here are the critical indices you must have insight:

1. Let the bigger picture be crystal clear
One of the most crucial parts of setting out to execute a plan is to be sure that the final outcome is clear to you and everyone else working with you directly or indirectly.
This will guide you when you have to implement the plan and especially when you need to improvise and be flexible.
The big picture is the end product; it is the final destination; without a clear cut picture of the end, you will definitely lose focus and settle for far less than the original plan.

2. Pay attention to details
After a clear picture of the end product, the next most important thing is to pay quality attention to the details. “The devil is in the details,” says a famous phrase.
You must pay attention to the what (products and services),
the who (personnel, roles, responsibilities, skills, clientele),
the when (timeframes, targets, and deadlines),
the how (process and procedures); and the why (reasons and precepts).
You must look into answering all the critical questions that stable companies, brands, and businesses are built on.

3. Identify the core of the idea
Another key point is knowing the part that holds every other thing together; it is the core of your business, the rallying point of your efforts. Assuming your business is laundry services, then the soul of the business is to provide sufficient washing, ironing, and packing, it is the primary focus. This will help you know what is negotiable and what is not negotiable in the process of setting up priorities.

4. Make sure you have the right people
This stands out as a most critical dot that has to be connected. A vision is as good as the people who are willing and available to bring it to pass. The success of a plan depends ultimately on the skillset and the mindset of the people you work with. However small your plan is, make sure you have the right people for the right task, avoid the square peg in the round hole.

5. Set deadlines
Without deadline and due dates, your plan may never see the light of day anytime soon. You need the discipline of timelines and timeframes to help you take the steps required to get to the destination. Make sure that every stage of execution has a timeframe and that the timeframe is well monitored for accountability. Make sure the timeframes are rigid but reasonable enough to keep you on your toes and enhance performance at the same time.

6. Let your people work
This is one of the overlooked parts of executing a plan, especially when it comes to starting a business. If you have a team, please let your people work, you don’t have to be involved in everything. This will help you move faster and allow your people to take the initiative and responsibility for the success of the project. If the idea is yours, it is very difficult to follow this step, but it is one of the necessary steps if you want to build something larger than you.

7. Strengthen accountability
Without accountability, it will be difficult to pay close attention to all the above points; if you want a plan to succeed, you must have people who hold you and your team accountable for the progress of the project. How effectiveness of your accountability will always determine how far you are willing to go. If they will accept excuses and explanations without results, then your success is still far.

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Make sure all plans for any project is well documented and the records well kept; this is also critical to accountability and effectiveness. Remember, a plan is only as good as your readiness to put it into action. The best ideas are not the ones that see the light of day; it is the most prepared ideas that do. The success of a plan is not its prospects but the meticulousness of its execution.

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