This post was contributed by a reader of Green & White who is a Manager in a software firm, and who wishes to remain anonymous.
Planning to Win
This is a short message for our young graduates getting ready to start their professional careers.
To succeed in any job, you will have to be able to make and achieve effective plans.
If you are given a task, break it down into small action items (divide and conquer!), make a short timeline and then get to work. In the professional world, everything revolves around pragmatic decisions and plans.
I came across an excerpt from the book 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene.
“The strategic element comes in the planning: setting an overall goal, crafting ways to reach it, and thinking the whole plan through in intense detail. This means thinking in terms of a campaign, not individual battles. The more detailed your planning, the more confident you will feel as you go into battle, and the easier it will be to stay on course once the inevitable problems arise.”
The brilliant thing about this paragraph is how well we can take those lessons and apply them to our day to day lives and work.
The minute we stop planning proactively and start reacting to situations, is the minute we start fire-fighting. Fire-fighting is mostly done for immediate solutions/relief (extinguishing the fire) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ rather than keeping the longer term perspective in mind.
An excuse that we hear regularly is; “we are never taught these things anywhere”. You should open yourself up to self-analysis and constant learning. Everything that you do in college should prepare you for making and following plans to the nth degree. As an example delivering a presentation or declamation Ã¢â‚¬â€œ if done properly by planning and practicing your words, tone, inflections, body movement, hand gestures and expressions will teach you how to make a plan (Presentation), master it (practice) and deliver (A Grade).
If you plan well, and discipline yourself to achieve your targets, the chances of getting into key management positions will increase with time. Everyone needs pragmatic leaders Ã¢â‚¬â€œ everyone needs managers to lead by example.
The interesting thing about planning is that it will help you in your personal life as much as anything else. Religion itself can teach us everything about the importance of planning and discipline.
Discover yourself before embarking on your career ladder.
If you feel there are areas where you would like to improve, don’t wait for tomorrow. Make a simple plan, create a timeline and get started. Or as Nike says: Just Do It!