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

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