Planning and Execution within a Management Learning Cycle that creates Advantage
Successful organizations understand that no plan or passes the test of time and unknowns. Great decision makers understand that a plan is useless until it isn’t acted upon. Organizations, like people, learn through practice and application. Actions beget outcomes – not plans. Successful organizations do not waste precious time trying to capture every last risk, assumption and obstacle in a detailed plan rather they favor a flexible plan that accepts large amounts of unknowns but retains flexibility and smaller quicker decisions where they can observe their environment, orient themselves within the context of that environment, recommend and make decisions to affect outcomes that lead to success, and act to shore up success. Successful organizations are adept at this Observe Orient Decide Act process. They understand that failure is caused as much by complexity, indecision and poor timing as it is by unanticipated variables – therefore they conclude that it is better to Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act --quickly (OODAq).