08/10/2012 03:26 pm ET Updated Oct 10, 2012

Planning Begats Organization

To Organize: Function Two of Management

Plans are the start of something big -- if you follow through and decide a course of action; commit to the response to those plans. That response will be the next step: Organize. The implementation of plans gives reason to the decided-upon strategy. The purpose of said organization has been determined and the next door is ready to be opened.

Proper time and consideration must be spent on this function. Carefully building upon the set plan is fundamental to successful business building. This requires gathering resources and creating the precise combination. Having enough ready capital and back-up funds becomes more important during times like we are currently experiencing, the ebb and flow of an uncertain economy. The right skills and experience represented create additional validity to the plan and its organization. Current technology and precision, in the form of tools, add further value to the organizational process.

Strategy Understood?

Once a strategy is understood and the resources aligned, accomplishment becomes a procedure of time. Routines must be set and each resource utilized at peak efficiency.

Routines only become routine by making them routine.

Say that three times fast. A routine can only become a habit by incessant practice. Understand the numbers: what you need to achieve in order for the plan to work and continue to work. Those parameters must be identified early on and kept as the blueprint you refer to over and over again.

The system is paramount.

Each resource is an integral part of the system. An old theater adage is, "There are no small parts, only small actors." This is true in systems, as well. A systems-thinking approach will accurately divide labor, as well as the other resources necessary to keep the machine well-oiled and functioning - routinely. If the organizational or departmental or individual goals are to be on target, the map needs to be followed. This close attention will also point out areas that are failing and drive innovation or change to the plan, making it more suited... better.

Practice does make perfect. Preciseness breeds preciseness. Preciseness bears excellence. We're halfway there, don't give up on your plan, don't let laziness and lack of attention foil your ability to organize and stick to it. Create a personal tradition of quality in all you do, in your attention to your own desk.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -Aristotle

Also read:
Defining the Functions of Management: Plan, Organize, Motivate, Control
Planning is a Vital Part of Business Success