Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Five Year Plans (part 1 of 3)

It is not an uncommon exercise to plan in increments of five year blocks.  Talk with any leader going through transition and they likely have given thought to their five year plan.  There are several reasons this is a valuable exercise, and over the next couple days I thought I would share a few.

Today’s thought:  Five year plans allow you time to change the status quo. 

John Maxwell, teacher and author on leadership, says that it takes three years to change the culture of an organization.  After three years of leadership the organization reflects the leader; the organizations strengths and weaknesses are in direct relation to those of the leader.  A five year plan allows the leader to plan the steps to take to shape the organization into the culture the leader wants to lead.  It also allows the leader to see far enough ahead to know that through consistent work the culture will change, and have a future beyond the change.

--Ben

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