How To: Develop an Action Plan

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Scott Cochran, Dean of The Mungo Center for Professional Excellnce at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, explains the basics of an action plan and why your business or organization will benefit from …

Scott Cochran, Dean of The Mungo Center for Professional Excellnce at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, explains the basics of an action plan and why your business or organization will benefit from using one for your next project. View the presentation video at www.wofford.edu/center/howto.

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  • 1. DEVELOP ANACTION PLAN
  • 2. AGENDA• Why you need an action plan• Action Plano Summaryo Task definitiono Creating action stepso Prioritizationo Collaborationo Close
  • 3. Why you need an action planAlice: I was wondering if you could helpme find my way.Cheshire Cat: Well, that depends onwhere you want to go.Alice: Oh, it really doesnt matter, aslong as...Cheshire Cat: Then it really doesntmatter which way you go.
  • 4. Why you need an action plan• Marketing – finding, developing and profiting from opportunities• Business – launching, sustaining, raising capital• Event – one time, short duration
  • 5. Why you need an action plan• Marketing – finding, developing and profiting from opportunities• Business – launching, sustaining, raising capital• Event – one time, short duration
  • 6. Summary• Define the event• Create objectives (SMART)• Establish dates• Readers know what success looks likeABC will host a dance-a-thon fundraiser to benefit XYZ on February1, 2013. The objectives are: o 60 dance couple participants o $6,000 in donations o Attract 250 people to watch the event o Increase awareness of XYZ
  • 7. Task definition• Identify what needs to be done o Reserve room for the event o Obtain approval o Recruit dance teams o Hire DJ o Etc• Brainstorm with your team
  • 8. Creating action steps• What needs to happen to complete tasks – Task Item Example: Recruit dance teams o List potential teams o Create email explaining the event to potential teams o Email potential teams o Secure commitment to participate
  • 9. Prioritization• Based on days to deadline, task and action step importance, and number of steps remaining. o High o Medium o Low
  • 10. Collaboration• Engage all stake holders and create acommunication channel• Basecamp, whiteboard, meetings, etc
  • 11. Close• Celebrate the event• Host an after-action review o What went right/wrong o How do we adjust to make it better next time?
  • 12. DEVELOP ANACTION PLAN