Planning for Performance

Planning for Performance

A very good morning to you, it feels really good to be able to connect with you today.
I believe you’ve had a good weekend and that you did something exciting and/or relaxing.

For those of you who did the exercise last week: well done to you. I’d really love to hear how you got on with that (did it feel good to consciously plan for performance? Does your goal, task, etc., seem clearer now? Now that you are clear on what you what to do and how you are going to do them, do you feel more or less motivated and/or ready to move forward?)

Last week we looked into what planning means. Today we’ll be looking at the relevance of planning and what planning for performance involves.
Planning is an important element for achieving performance. You need to first accept and then understand this, if optimum performance is something you really want to achieve. Planning helps you see the ‘big picture’ and it also helps you find a way to ‘bring it to light’. As a leader, planning keeps you in control of things and helps you manage your team better. Listed below are some other importance of planning:
1. It keeps you organised
2. It keeps you motivated
3. It provides direction and keeps you focused
4. It improves efficiency
5. It encourages good decision making
6. It encourages creativity and innovation
7. It safeguards you from chaos
8. It organizes as well as saves resources (time, money and human effort)

Now that we know the importance of planning, let’s see what planning for performance involves. It involves you knowing:
– What you want to achieve or accomplish (what is the reason for your performance? what is your performance geared towards?)
– What actions and resources are required to accomplish your purpose
– How you will implement the actions, in order to get optimum result(s)
– How you will manage your resources (human and/or material)
– How you will monitor and measure progress

There are 2 major questions—in my opinion—that you should ask when planning for performance. They are:
– Is there an agreed level/standard of performance that needs to be achieved for this particular goal or task?
– Is there a way to know when the agreed level/standard of performance for this particular goal/task is reached?

Have a productive week and continue to:

Lead right and live light

Intentional Performance

Intentional Performance

Hello everyone, I hope you had a productive week last week and you are looking forward to an even better one this week!

Before I get started on the topic for today, I’d like to take the time to welcome everyone who has just joined this community. Welcome to you all and thanks for joining in, your presence here is hugely appreciated.

We’ve been talking about performance and last week we talked about the ‘WHAT’ of performance: the meaning of performance and the factors responsible for achieving or improving performance.

Today we’ll be looking at the ‘HOW’ of performance: the process required to achieve and/or improve performance.

I believe you now know what performance means as well as the factors responsible for the improvement, stagnation or decline of performance.

Moving forward, let’s delve into the ‘HOW’ of performance i.e. the process required for functionality (performance) to be attained. This singular yet powerful process is very vital in order for most (if not all) things to be accomplished. This process is none other than: PLANNING! Yes, good old planning!

Let me briefly define what it means to plan. Inspired by the dictionary, here is my definition of planning: Planning is a deliberate process that involves an outline of a detailed and decisive method, that is developed in advance for; projects, events, goals, actions or mission(s)

You might have heard the saying: “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. In my opinion, this means that the very act of not planning is a plan in itself. It’s like choices or decision making; your inability to choose or make a decision is a choice or a decision in itself (I wish I had the time now to expatiate on this but maybe next time)

For optimum performance to be reached, you have to plan! Let me rephrase that: You need to plan in order for you to function effectively – period!

As you know, performance in an organisation is not a one-off; it’s a constant part of the everyday work life, it is the ‘fuel’ that keeps organisations ‘running’. Performance is not just a few activities here and there; it’s a myriad of functions geared towards productivity and results. This goes without saying that performance is an essential part of your organisation (and even your personal life), one that you cannot ignore, one that contributes immensely to the very existence of your leadership and ultimately – your organisation.

Planning for performance means that you have deliberately drafted a detailed and decisive outline, well in advance of: your purpose, specific actions and efficient implementation of your actions (if you’re a bit lost, please refer to the performance post)

I’ll stop here for today but I’d like for you to do this exercise this week: think of a task/action/project/activity/goal where you require optimum performance. Take out a sheet of paper and start planning, using the three factors necessary for performance (definite purpose, specific actions and efficiency) as a guide.

We’ll continue next week. Until then;

Lead right and live light




Hello everyone, I believe you’ve had a good start to your week and you still have reasons to keep your smile on!

We’ll be talking about performance today. Remember the 2 P’s we talked about in the last two posts? Performance and Preservation? We’ll be talking about one of those P’s today.

First, let’s look at what performance is as this will help us understand its importance, relevance and/or benefits better.

Performance in my opinion means – the ability to function in a manner that makes good use of time and effort in order to produce a desired outcome.

The word performance mostly involves the ability to function – performance can hardly be called performance if there is no functionality involved. I particularly love the dictionary definition of function because it clearly states what function is, with some key words that stand out and these key words are: action, activity, purpose and design.

When put together, we can define performance this way: to efficiently carry out specific actions that will produce a clearly designed outcome or fulfil a definite purpose.

Performance is not just about carrying out random activities, it involves you:

  1. Having a clearly designed outcome or a definite purpose
  2. Engaging in specific actions (actions relevant to your clearly designed outcome)
  3. Carrying out those actions efficiently

From the above definition and list, it is clear to see what elements need to be introduced and/or fine-tuned in order for you to achieve or improve performance as the case may be.

We’ll talk more about performance in the next post. Until then,


Lead right and live light


Good medicine

Good medicine

Hello and how are you today?  Hope your week’s been productive so far.

I thought I’d share something different today, something from a previous post.

Life can often get too busy that we get carried away and forget how to relax and take in a dose of laughter; the absolutely free, light-hearted ‘medication’ that does so much more for our souls than we realise.

Let me ask………when was the last time you had a real, good, hearty laugh? You know the one I mean; the one that sends tears rolling down your cheeks, the one that makes you almost wet yourself……. Yes, that kind of laughter!

In the midst of all the pressures and everyday issues, there is always something around you that can trigger such laughter, if you’ll just sit back, relax and look around you and/or within you, you’d find a really good reason to make you laugh.

A good laugh leaves you feeling lighter and relaxed, so go ahead and release some tension right now as you read this and make yourself happy- you’ll get on better with yourself and even others!


So go on…….laugh your way to your well-being and  to a lighter life!


Lead right and live light