Tips on Effective Planning & Delegation
Posted on March 11th, 2016

There are two primary levels of planning, namely strategic planning and operational planning.
Strategic planning begins with analyzing the current business situation (internal and external) and provides a snapshot of where the business is right now. This information allows the senior management team to set the direction of the enterprise for the long term through the formulation of purposes, objectives, policies and strategies. This allows employees to focus towards objectives on a common vision, via the same common strategy to ultimately perform actions which will benefit the business with beneficial outcomes.

A business with a clear strategic plan will allow employees to develop tactics to achieve targets and objectives in their shorter term in both their operational planning and their personal performance plans.

Thorough business planning will allow for potential problems to be anticipated and potential risks to be identified and mitigated. It will also allow for opportunities to be identified and expanded.

If the management team sets a strategic plan along with a Mission which put them on track for future growth all staff would then know what they are working towards and would therefore be working towards the same objectives. It will be easier to meet objectives and delegate responsibilities if all team members work to a common strategy.

Effective operational planning also allows the management team to prioritise activities and to adequately direct resources to the most relevant tasks. For instance, they will find it easier to effectively delegate responsibilities to team members who exhibit leadership potential.
Delegation allows individual team receive support while giving them responsibility beyond their normal role and the authority to perform the task.

This should be done fairly and consistently with the organisations wider requirements and the individual’s competency, capability and position in mind. Delegation is great for cross / upskilling in the business however employees should be given the appropriate level of authority and must be made aware that they are fully accountable for their remit.

Ideally these succinct instructions and expectations should have been put in writing. Managers should regularly check in on progress and should offer support if it is required.

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