Time to Act

My recent postings, Time to Think and Time to Plan were focused on preliminary steps before jumping into action. After taking time to think and time to plan, it is time to act. All the thinking and planning in the world is useless without action.

Nothing happens until something moves.” – Albert Einstein

Implement

You now have spent time to think and then formalize your thoughts as a plan. Now, gather the resources, including people, materials, etc. and jump into action. Keep that simple form of the plan handy and refer to it often to keep you on track.

I’ve seen companies try to implement something where the thinking, planning or both were not done first or the plan was not really used when taking action.

A couple of examples are in order, both involving a software implementation that was rather complex and expensive. Interestingly, at both of these companies it was the same software.

At the first company I had a very specific role of extracting data from the old system and formulating it in a way that it could be imported into the new system. That went smoothly. However, I could not help but notice that whenever I asked questions I was getting answers I suspected were very incomplete and deliberately evasive. That suspicion proved correct. The failure of the consulting group coordinating the implementation to effectively communicate plans before choosing a time to act and while implementing eventually resulted in some significant problems. Those problems were not in the area I had been involved. However, my nature is to look at the big picture and since it was somewhat out of focus I was not surprised at the problems that occurred. As it turned out, one other person and I took charge of correcting the problems, even though we initially were uninvolved.

At the second company I was providing part-time controller services. When the owner mentioned the software package he wanted to implement I mentioned to him several things that concerned me:

  • It was more than he need both cost-wise and functionally
  • The problems I observed at the prior company
  • His insufficient human resources to smoothly implement
  • The ongoing complexities of maintaining it

I actually left this second company before they tried to implement the software. Quite a bit later I had the opportunity to speak with a member of their management team. As of that time the software had still not been implemented. Whether it ever was I can’t say, but I also would not be surprised if it never was.

You and Your Company

Even if you take time to think and plan, are you communicating this plan when it is time to act?

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