Why are leaders hesitant to focus on this?
Do we have the right plan? What if it could be better? Are you second guessing yourself? We are all prone to this second guessing. Perhaps it’s a fear of failure. Perhaps it’s the perfectionist inside of each of us. As leaders, this paralysis by analysis can cripple us and ultimately submarine our efforts to produce excellent results.
What is the case for doing it anyway?
If time wasn’t working against us, we might have a case against doing something until we have the perfect plan. As we know thought, time is a resource that we can’t make more of and for this reason, doing is our priority as a leader. Once you and your team have developed your plan, proceeding with the plan is the only way you will be able to further evaluate your performance.
How can you do it?
- Choose your plan. Work with your team to determine the best plan to evaluate your process.
- Identify who is responsible. Be sure that your plan has a responsible party. Someone who can enact it and be accountable for how things unfold.
- Take action. Leadership is defined by the actions we choose in light of our responsibilities. In this case, enact your plan.
Have you ever used a PDSA cycle?