The Importance Of Planning For Success Through Meticulous Analysis

1201 WordsSep 28, 20155 Pages
Introduction Over the course of my career, I have had the privilege of working with several wonderful leaders, each of whom exemplified varying degrees of success operating in the four manager functions. As a young store manager, I learned the importance of planning for success through meticulous analysis of the current situation, in order to determine a realistic goal and the actions needed to reach that goal. Of course, all the planning in the world does no good, if a manager is unable to effectively organize his resources. Matching the right person with the right job and placing the proper supports around the team provide a structure for the plan to succeed. Throughout the organizing process, a leader must remove the obstacles for…show more content…
At the time, I thought Charlie was putting us through an exercise of futility with, what it seemed at the time, hours of mind numbing research. However, he drilled home the importance of collecting and analyzing all the pertinent information necessary to develop our goals and objectives (Bateman & Snell, 2013, pgs. 92-93). Charlie acted more as a coach and trainer through the planning process. He divided us into small groups by geographic area. During our small group session we listed the challenges we faced and the things we found successful to overcome those challenges. At the end of the small group session, Charlie would bring the entire group back together for presentations. Each manager presented his or her plan for their respective store, before the entire region. Before we presented, Charlie outlined the ground rules and reminded every manager to stick with clarifying questions. If any manager offered suggestions to the presenter, the suggestion was to be supported with an example. I believe that this exercise helped me to be more efficient very early in my career. The group critique forced me to hone in on realistic steps to achieve our store sales goals. At our monthly manager’s meetings each manager reported on his or her performance to plan, providing another opportunity to garner feedback from the collective wisdom of the broader group of managers. Charlie, never a person to wait, visited every store prior to the first manager meeting.
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