As you get started, consider how and when to involve other employees. We know that employees are much more committed to completing action plans they understand and have a hand in creating.
a general guideline, Steps 1 and
2, the Business Plan Summary and
the Values sections, are leadership respon- sibilities and should be written by the CEO with input
from other senior
staff. There are a couple
of ways of doing
this. The CEO can prepare
a draft document
for review and critique by the senior
management team, or the
executive team can create these
CHAPTER 3 – THE 4 STEP BUSINESS PLAN
From a practical perspective, we find the first method works best, with the CEO outlining his/her aspirations for the business and bringing this to the senior team for critique and changes. A colleague of mine, Doug Bouey, who has been coaching CEO’s for many years, put it this way:
Presidents have 3 missions:
- Set the game
- Staff the organization
- Keep the edge on
At the top of the house is where these happen. Nowhere else.
As you get into Steps 3 and 4 we suggest you involve a wider circle of employees. Your company size and how you are structured will affect how and when you engage the others.