The plans of the diligent lead to profit
as surely as haste leads to poverty
Planning Determines What Tasks Will Get Done
The manager makes plans to push toward his vision. But do these well-constructed directions always lead to success in the future?
No. Something always goes wrong throwing the plan off track. Always.
How can the boss ensure that his organizational goals will be achieved even if a particular near-term plan doesn’t work?
Proverbs tells us the plans of the diligent lead to profit. In business, the ‘diligent’ is your team — which helps produce the plans adopted by the boss. This takes time.
Not haste. Which leads to poverty, we’re told. Yes, there are some plans that — made on the run with little thought from the boss alone — might succeed.
But is that best? What of these “plans of the diligent?”
The organization is best served with the practice of planning — not just the end-product of the planning — that “plan” thing. That document sitting quietly (let’s be honest here) in nifty three-ringed binders in the manager’s office. The exercise of planning itself is more important than the plans themselves.
General, and later president, Dwight D. Eisenhower once said that, “Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” Developing and researching and writing the plan is more important that the binder-ed plan itself.
That’s why Proverbs calls the leader who has a plan “diligent.”
Military leaders often say that, no plan survives contact with the enemy. The business general knows from experience that no plan survives contact in combat or with a customer. (Although it may be hard to tell the difference.)
The manager’s strategy itself displays the planning conundrum because,
a) The plans must be in detail, and,
b) Most everything will change.
What does this look like? The manager and his staff are always thinking, “What if…?
So plan diligently. The plans of the diligent, after studying the landscape, the combatants, and war-game scenarios, leads to robust recommendations, which can surely limit risk and failure. And lead to profit.
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty, Proverbs 21:5