WHAT BLOCKS FUTURE PLANNING
Everyone involved in the business world is aware of the importance of planning; take a look at your meeting schedules, your diary or your inbox and I’ll bet that at least 50% of your time is taken up with planning. Nothing wrong with that, of course: every business needs clear long-term strategies for success (although I would argue that there’s far too much “window dressing” planning, producing plans for the sake of it which will never really be fulfilled and which in fact mitigates against putting useful plans into action, but that’s a subject for another blog). But how much planning do we actually put in place for our own lives, what strategies do we have in place to make sure that we achieve our objectives, both personally and professionally, not just those of our employer?
This question is particularly pertinent for young people; when I’m working with them I’m struck again and again by the limitations of their future planning. Often their plans are disjointed: go to this college, do this job, live in this town… that’s linear planning, I’ll do this and then […]