It’s that time of the year again; when you're pressured to come up with your departmental plan. You remember how motivated you were after your “strategic planning” session last year; but you also remember how frustrated you felt when your plans didn’t live up to expectation. You then ask yourself, “How can I make it work this time?”
The fact is you’re not alone. Many department heads all over the world are in the same boat as you are. Well… the good news is that we can help you create an effective departmental plan. Below are some of the things you will need to do when making your departmental plan:
Before anything else, it is extremely important for you to get your staff involved in your departmental planning. Often, your staff will have inputs and experiences that are vital to the implementation of your plan. Also, getting them involved in the planning will give them ownership of the plan and the direction they need to implement it effectively.
One of the first things you need to do is to review your past performance. It’s often tempting to start jumping into planning when you still haven’t evaluated how you performed in the previous year. You need to be able to address issues you faced when implementing your previous plan. You need to ask:
You will also need to clarify and quantify your department’s objectives. It is important to determine your department’s objectives (which are, of course, in line with your company’s Vision, Mission and Values) and maybe even prepare a “three to five year” department-specific plan. You will need to:
It may also be necessary for you to make your plan dynamic and flexible. It is important for your department to anticipate change and prepare for it. Create an “exit strategy” if you must and determine the “red flags” you have to watch out for.
Here’s more good news! ExeQserve Corporation will be conducting a “no frills” Departmental Planning Program on April 12, 2012, from 1pm to 5pm, at the ExeQserve Training Room, Unit 404, VGP Center, Ayala Ave. (near Paseo de Roxas) Makati City. I will be facilitating this program.
The program only costs PHP 1,500 per participant; so send your managers or supervisors in charge of developing departmental plans to our program! And, when you attend this program, you will get a CD containing:
Please take note, however, that we only accommodate 20 participants per session. We will hold another session as soon as we get the needed number of participants. Please contact 8933199 or 6974071 for more details. Look for RR or Kittie.
is the Managing Director of Our-Knowledge Asia and a Business Consultant for Local and Foreign Start-ups, SMEs and Organizations based in the Philippines.