Planning is this week’s topic from our COMPASS model (you can use the PeopleTek COMPASS throughout your career!). As a reminder, our COMPASS components are: Communicate Effectively, Optimize Differences, Manage Change, Plan/Persist/Organize, Appropriately Handle Conflict, Sustain/Enhance Relationships, and Skillfully Influence Others.

Action without planning is the cause of all failure. Action with planning is the cause of all success.
–Brian Tracy

Plan For Success: #7 COMPASS Series

Without a plan, the ability to achieve your goals, dreams, and desired results is highly unlikely.

We all have differing strengths, styles, and preferences, and for some of us planning requires a lot of effort, whereas for others it seems to occur so naturally. Planning requires persistence, details, a timeline, and a commitment.

Have you ever worked for someone that had a great vision, was innovative, and had great ideas for growth opportunities yet couldn’t seem to make things happen? This is more common than you think.

A written plan lets you plan for success! Effective plans include documenting your goals and strategies, reviewing what skill-sets are in place, and identifying developmental needs in order for your plan to be executed.

If you feel discomfort with your plan, dig deep to understand what’s causing the discomfort; feel it, process it, and move on. Be aware that fear can also contribute to uneasiness and derail us from executing our plan.  If you need to deviate from your plan, don’t beat yourself up; instead, determine alternate courses of action that may work better for you.

If planning is an issue we recommend using the One Page Strategic Plan. It’s a great planning and problem-solving tool that is extremely useful in taking anything from where it is today, to where you want it to be in the future.  If you’d like to receive the template click here and request the One Page Strategic Plan. (Note: This is useful to solve problems and drive improvements, but is not intended for full project planning).


Planning activities need to be done at both tactical and strategic levels. For planning efforts to be successful, leaders must be attentive to both.

Recommended Reading

  • The Game Plan For Success – Lou Holtz
  • The One Page Business Plan – Jim Horan

Be an owner, be a leader, and be successful. Plan!

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.
–Paul J. Meyer