The following illustration shows a business plan as part of a process. You can think about the good or bad of a plan as the plan itself, measuring its value by its contents. There are some qualities in a plan that make it more likely to create results, and these are important. However, it is even better to see the plan as part of the whole process of achieving results, because even a great plan is wasted if nobody follows it.
Planning is a Process, Not Just a Plan
A business plan will be hard to implement unless it is simple, specific, realistic and complete. Even if it is all these things, a good plan will need someone to follow up and check on it.
The plan depends on the human elements around it, particularly the process of commitment and involvement, and the tracking and follow-up that comes afterward. I'm going to deal with those elements in coming chapters of this book. They are vital. But for now, let's look at the qualities that make the plan itself better or worse. Successful implementation starts with a good plan.
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