Contingency Plans for Delegating Assignments

I can not even count, over 40 years of management, how many projects or assignments come up short due to a lack of contingency planning. It’s one thing to be very positive about the Plan of Action constructed but it’s another thing to assume everything will go according to Plan.  The process is really very simple.  Once the draft Action Plan is constructed, go through an identify those Key Assignments whose execution are instrumental to the plan’s success.  Review what could go wrong and develop a back-up plan for each. this approach to project planning is thoughtful, resourceful and logical.  One of the keys to great execution is to create and maintain what I call the “Velocity of Execution.”  when problems or road blocks rear their ugly heads, as the inevitably well, you can call on the back-up plan.  Avoid delays and derailment and keep the momentum churning.

This creates confidence in your business unit because people know you the Plan has taken unexpected events into account as much as possible.  People can go full speed ahead to take on the delegated assignments knowing that if something goes wrong there is a back-up. Delays and indecision can be avoided. The manager shows excellent judgement by being prepared.  Confidence results.  Rarely does everything go according to plan but almost everything goes according to plan where contingencies have been accounted for during planning.


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Michael D. Moore is the publisher of Management By Delegation and is a veteran executive with 40+ years in the Banking and Insurance Industries. A devoted entrepreneur, using his business experience to provide resources for managers and leaders at all levels. For the last 5 years, he has built a growing web presence for helping people with personal and professional development. To learn more about these advanced concepts & join our group Click here 5 Must Have Management Skills

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