Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.

We plan to direct our actions to reach the goal in future. A plan is based on our assumptions about the factors that impact it. These assumptions are futuristic based on our knowledge at the time of planning.

Now, consider these two facts
  1. The most uncertain thing in the world is ‘future’
  2. Any change in our assumption will have to be accommodated by making some provision in the plan
So, what is a plan? It is just a document that will keep altering as we move closer to our objective and/or goal. So why all management people tend to focus so much on having plan first, which anyway will change as we progress.

More important thing than plan itself is the process of planning it. If you have acted thoughtful at the time of planning then chances are high that you have included maximum number of alternatives and contingencies in your plan. This will put you in a better position to handle uncertainties of future. And most importantly, it will be easier for you to buy in from team members reducing the resistance to change.

And probably that’s why Linda Hill and Kent Lineback have discussed “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything” in their book ‘Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader’.