All leaders and people who pursue excellence are thinking about how to make the plan better. That means, we often want to make changes at the last minute.
Yes, there are always improvements that can be made to the plan. But, how do we know whether to pull the trigger on a last minute change…or pull back? The more changes we make, the more risk is introduced that the plan will fail.
There has to be a compelling reason to change the plan in the final minutes. The team becomes much less efficient when the plan constantly changes and they become confused over which version is the “one”. Even worse, the team might ignore the plan altogether because they’ve grown so accustomed to the idea that it’s going to change anyway. When that happens, we might as well not even have a plan!
We should only change of plan in the last minutes when there is a significant improvement to be made. Ask yourself:
- Are we at risk of failure? (No? Then do not change the plan)
- Is this our only opportunity to make a difference? (No? Then do not change the plan)
- Can we unmistakably improve our outcomes? (No? Then do not change the plan)
The better the team knows the plan, the better your likelihood of making a successful change. If your team isn’t fully ready and confident on the last plan…don’t give them a new one.
Thanks for listening.