As leaders, we work real hard at creating action plans to achieve our vision, mission, strategic objectives and / or goals. What many of us forget is the importance of evaluating the success of our plans and their implementation.
In the spirit of tomorrows ‘Presidential Inauguration’ ceremony I thought I’d share a bit of history that we can all learn from. If you have ever been to any of my presentations, you may have heard this story.
History has it that in 1841, the 9th U.S. president William Henry Harrison was inaugurated on an extremely cold January day. Despite the bitter winter conditions, he gave the longest inauguration speech in history. The 8,445 words took nearly two hours to deliver. As a result, he caught a cold that soon developed into pneumonia. The new president died 31 days into his presidential term, the shortest in U.S. history.
My leadership tip for you this week is to better prepared to make adjustments to your plans as circumstances change.
Under the circumstances, President Harrison should have given a much shorter speech. I’m sure what he had to say was important but under those conditions, ‘less is more.’
We found this summary of 20 – Things You Didn’t Know About U.S. Presidents.
Think about your business. You have a plan. It’s your plan. Don’t be stubborn – it’s OK to change your plans if things aren’t working out the way you expected or if assumptions and / or circumstances change.
I’ll leave you with this quote from George Barnard Shaw, ‘Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.’
It’s OK to adjust your plans.