Step 1 – Awareness → Step 2 – Strategy → Step 3 – Development → Step 4 – Results

Why Development?

Development allows you to design and build a new way to conduct business in the future. Useful questions to help identify development objectives are, “What is the next step?” and “What actions should I be taking?”

Vision and Action

One of the most common difficulties companies and people face after holding a strategic planning session is asking themselves how to turn the dream into a reality. To transform your organization, or yourself, into what you have envisioned takes more than great strategy; you also need to start doing the things that will make the strategy pay off. This call to action should be the spark that starts turning things around.

“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” – Japanese Proverb

Critical Path

The critical path method, used by the Navy when building things like submarines, sequentially charts the activities required to meet the dream goal. This means that it is not enough just to be aware that things aren’t going right and are off schedule. The key is action and it is the moment in time where we move from turning our vision into the practical application that gives us the results we are looking for. From that perspective, it is obvious that we pour the foundation of our house before the support structure goes up. So to ensure we stay on track, we prioritize what we should be doing and develop steps or tactics to get it done on time and to budget.

Design and Build

The “Design and Build” development process is one where the needs, wants and desires that were interpreted in the strategic planning get turned into actionable solutions that are both functional and practical. Actions will not happen without commitment. To ensure commitment, the actions should be relevant, customizable and applicable to what we want to do in order for these steps we are taking to be motivational.

The individual and team should then track their activities and actions. This tracking allows them to compare what they wanted to get done against what they are actually accomplishing. If performance or productivity falls short we reassess if timelines and resources are being applied properly and adapt or adjust your actions as you go. It all means we remain aware and in touch with our vision and are prepared to change where we can.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu