Strategy is vital…but it’s implementation that will determine success or failure. So they belong together.
But how do you ensure as best as possible that strategy will be implemented. Here I took pieces of a few articles and put them together to help. In addition, I’ve added a lot of what I have seen or done.
You have a great strategy, great and fantastic ideas but how in the world can you move it forward? A plan can completely fail if employees and colleagues aren’t onboard, or know what their expectations are — so what do you do?
Step 1: Make Sure Your Strategic Plan Can be Implemented in Your Organization!!!
Step 2: Involve and Engage Colleagues in the Plan – Let it also be Their Success
Step 3: Communicate…Communicate…Communicate the Execution of Your Plan in its Various Stages Throughout the Organization
Consider all the people, processes, and resources you will need for support to implement your plan. To understand more fully – consider what you need to ask. I always started with two areas of the organization that need to be successful for my plans to succeed – IT and Finance. So try always to have a link to or include these two areas in your planning and implementing. Beyond that, here are a few more things to ask yourself as you develop your strategic plan:
- What services and functions do you need to implement it? (work backwards from the final audience to “you/your team” to identify key milestones, key functions and individuals). We know already IT and finance are needed
- Are these functions and individuals internal or external to the organization and do you need to identify resources external to the organization to get it done?
- Keep a list of everyone involved– and when they came on and off a project
- From a senior leadership perspective, who needs to support this and how do you best keep them informed of progress?
- Who – or which group — will be a problem to implementing this and who can help address their concerns?
- When will you communicate about progress, to whom and with what resources?
- Who do you need to be “ambassadors” to the program – to ensure you keep them informed, updated and knowledgeable about it?
- Who needs to monitor it?
- Do you need project management and administrative support and does it currently exist for you?
- What is the timeline to roll it out, identify and communicate outcomes, and identify budget and other resource needs?