Working to reduce inertia
During a conversation with a Chief Executive Officer he
proudly said "we've finally managed to complete our next three-year
plan" and then he added "but we haven't printed it because it's already
out of date". Things had changed so fast that even in his business
(insurance and risk management) they could no longer make a plan that worked, and this was
ten years ago when change was not as rapid as it is now.
This is a problem we all face: traditional planning
approaches just don't work any more. They're frequently based on
unwarranted assumptions, they often try to answer the wrong questions,
they're out of date by the time they're complete, and they're often so
large and complex that they can't be changed quickly. In short: most
plans create inertia. they weigh us down. We don't need a 30-foot launch
to navigate in rapids: in a "white water world" we need a jetboat, or
better still a kayak, or a Raft.
We need a simpler approach: an approach that seeks to
manage what we can control and is responsive to the changes we can't.
Work Raft Action
direction in a changing world. Whether change is driven by
weather events, terrorism, infrastructure cuts, oil prices, market
shifts or demographic changes, being able to respond appropriately has
become critical for businesses and business leaders. We have
developed a suite of tools that can help organisations prepare for, take
advantage of, and profit from change -- whether this change is sudden,
catastrophic, or gradual.
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Of course complex action plans are not always effective
or useful. So Work Raft has
developed a simple planning tool that can be used in both small and
large organisations, and by individuals and communities.
for your copy.
As with all plans, the important thing is how you use
it. We also provide consulting and mentoring services to help you get
the most out of your Simple Plan.
Of course, there's much more to Simplicity than a simple plan
but it's an important first step. It provides a framework that helps us
organise our resources, jettison what is not important, and appreciate the
impact of potential change. Once a Simple Plan is in place, we can work
on simplifying all aspects of our lives, within an objective-driven
There is a simple alternative to traditional planning.
It can be adapted to suit individuals, community organisations, small
businesses and large organisations. And, being simple, it can be changed
quickly and easily. Extending the Work Raft analogy, your plan is your
raft in a fluid environment.
Only three things are needed for your Simple Plan: a
set of objectives (the course you intend to travel), a calendar and
to-do list, and a “weather forecast”. You probably have the first two
already so we’re well on the way …