Most plans fail to get executed because they’re the boss’s plan – not the team’s. As your team prepares to execute the 2021 plan, have you created the ownership of those plans required for success? To support, consider these steps:

  • The plan can’t just make rational sense. It must also activate emotions. Ownership of plans occurs when an employee has cognitive clarity + an emotional commitment. Because the brain processes emotions faster than data, create a compelling story around the plan that makes hearts go boom.
  • As the boss decide now: Are you going to be a technical expert or an expert leader? Too often the boss “over bakes” the plan. Leave the details to those who will be doing the work. As one successful collaborative leader told me: “I always have to remember: I’m not as smart as I think. And my team is always smarter than I think.”
  • Articulating why the organization needs the plan to succeed is important. Determining why the employee wants the plan to succeed is critical. Intrinsic motivations are a strong driver of achievement – and perseverance. Beyond telling your team why the plan is important, have you identified the unique motivations of your teammates?


Bonus: Leadership matters – but only teams deliver. Executing plans is a social process. Your team’s ability to execute the plan is as strong as the weakest relationship among team members. What’s your plan to develop the collaborative leadership capabilities required to succeed?

Brilliant plans often fail. Brilliant teams who can adapt their plans usually succeed.

P.S. 2021 will test everyone’s agility. Is your team ready? To make sure, join our next Collaborative Leader’s Huddle. I’ll be hosting the inspired Per Lagerback, CEO of ExperienceIT, as we answer this big question: How do you build agile thinking across your organization? Per’s an expert – and generous. You can register quickly here.



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