PLAN: A Future on Paper

After contemplating on the vision to set up a leather sandals-manufacturing company in his hometown, our brother made a quick decision.
‘Faith without actions to back it up is dead,’ he reasoned. 

And so, he got a piece of land, built a gigantic factory and recruited staff members to carry out the required daily activities. The environment was natural and conducive for production.

After three months in business, many of his workers started duplicating the works of other companies. They found themselves constantly “putting out the fires” caused by a lack of foresight on possible problems that were bound to occur in a business of such magnitude.

The problem of shortage of raw materials also surfaced due to a problem with cash flow. 

The challenge of delayed remuneration also arose.

Some of the workers began to put on a ‘No pay, no work’ attitude.

They added social loafing to their activities.

Despite the warm and friendly work environment, many employees became dispirited. Their morale for devotion in service dwindled.

Some of the employees who had hindsight began to see some blunders committed by the management.

What could have been the root cause of all these problems after hatching a great vision, recruiting sound employees, having good working conditions and a well-organized chain of command? We shall soon find out.

But first, another story:

Two friends were hiking through the woods when they spotted a vicious-looking bear. One of them immediately opened his bag, pulled out a pair of sneakers and started putting them on.

His friend turned to him and said, ‘You`re crazy! You`ll never be able to outrun that bear!’ 

‘Yeah.’ he said. ‘I don`t have to outrun the bear. I only have to outrun you.’

He had something – a plan!
Now, let’s go back to the first story:

When an organization fails to plan, it could result in shortage of materials even if the said material is as small as a pack of office pins.

Delayed payment of workers’ salary is also a function of lack of planning. This could result in a low morale to work which would automatically affect the level of production and profit that comes to the organization.

‘Those who fail to plan have planned to fail’ is more than just a mere saying.

It is a fact. 

According to Koontz and O’ Donnell, “Planning is an intellectual process, conscious determination of a course of action, the basing of decision on purpose, facts and considered estimates.”

Allen puts it in a unique way. He said, “A plan is a trap laid to capture the future.”

In simpler words, I would say that planning is making a decision in advance on what you want to do, when, where, how and by whom it is to be done.

Planning has a way of bridging the gap from where we are to where we want to go.

It is not enough to have plans. Make a plan. 

Dwight Eisenhower said, “Plans are nothing; Planning is everything.”

When planning,

◆ Make sure your goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reliable and Time-bound – SMART. 

◆ Create deadlines for your plans and goals. 

◆ Map out the decisions of what needs to happen and the action you will need to take to reach you goals.

◆ Discipline yourself to follow through with those plans.

◆ Make sure you acknowledge God`s sovereign power in all the steps of your plans. 
Friends, vision is very vital but planning is everything.

Do you have a plan at all?

– Emmanuel Idiagi


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