(By Nozomi Morgan)
“If you don’t communicate what you’re working on, you might miss out on insights from important concurrent projects or input from other smart colleagues. By the time you present your perfect plan, it might not be as amazing or brilliant anymore. Circumstances and even company goals may have progressed more quickly than anticipated. Then you’ll have to re-do it“.
It’s been said that “Planning is an elegant way of procrastinating.” But what are the differences are between a brilliant plan and a mediocre one — and how important is it to take action sooner rather than later?
If You Don’t Execute Your Project, Did All That Preparation Matter?
In business, it’s exciting to plan and visualize. You feel like you are crafting something of value and since it’s work related, you’re not wasting the company’s time and money.
But what’s the pitfall of excessive planning? Well, if you keep trying out different font sizes, playing with the format or adding and removing major conceptual elements… you’ll stay locked in neutral. Waiting around until something is perfect prevents it from becoming fully realized.
How might these perfect yet unexecuted plans affect your status or productivity at work? People might think you’re working on the Next Big Thing but in fact you’ll end up without a tangible outcome.
If you remain in your own cocoon without communicating what you’re up to others will notice you’re busy, leave you alone and may see you as a responsible, good person. But if they don’t know what you’re actually accomplishing, your project is stagnant.
Step Into a Leadership Position
The people I coach want to be better leaders. To show your leadership ability, you can’t remain a worker bee, you must demonstrate that you can actually help bring an idea into full fruition. Cocooning and creating your own little world is not effective in the workplace.
If you don’t communicate what you’re working on, you might miss out on insights from important concurrent projects or input from other smart colleagues. By the time you present your perfect plan, it might not be as amazing or brilliant anymore. Circumstances and even company goals may have progressed more quickly than anticipated. Then you’ll have to re-do it.
Look at how great leaders operate. When they’re in the early visioning stages of a project, smart leaders gather a tremendous amount of input from trusted colleagues. A truly brilliant plan executes beautifully after you’ve weighed all the options that are available and chosen the best one. Working alone in a silo can prevent you from gathering the valuable insights that would elevate your project. The end result might not be as fantastic as you think.
The other missing leadership ingredient when you work alone is that you don’t get a buy-in from your co-workers. A buy-in is that essential agreement that aligns colleagues in a unified mission.
How to Step Into an Action Oriented Mindset
Understand that everything you do, even if it’s a project on which you’re the lead, is ultimately a team project. If you’re an introvert or feel you work better or more efficiently by yourself (and lots of smart folks are like that) you will have to learn how to work better with other people. Proactively set up meetings to share your ideas. It will ultimately be to your advantage.
Look at your current projects. See how you can invite others’ opinions and take the step of sharing your project idea. Have a conversation, increase your visibility and gather help to get your plan executed! Let me know how it goes in the comments, below.
If you’re ready to get crystal clear on how to execute your plans, let’s talk. Set up a complimentary Clarity Call with me by clicking here.
Nozomi Morgan ( @nozomimorgan ) is an international leadership development coach and helps individuals and corporations to turn existing high potentials into top talent in the organization. Get instant access to Leadership Discovery Tool and step up as a leader and excel in your career and life.