A leader who attempts to lead without a plan is like starting your vacation trip to an unknown destination without a map.
Can you imagine gathering your family together and saying something like; “Hey everybody, we are going on a great vacation and it’s going to be such a good time. I don’t know where we’re going, how long it will take to get there, what the weather will be like, what we will do when we get there, but we’re going and it’s going to be great!” I don’t know about you but in my family that kind of trip would take some real hard selling.
So to attempt to lead your Lodge without spending some time planning will get you nowhere. Dr. John Maxwell in The Law of Navigation says “Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course.” Here is his strategy for planning:
Predetermine a course of action – You not only need to know where you’re going, but why.
Lay out your goals – These goals need to be measurable, realistic items you want to accomplish.
Adjust your priorities – Situations may lead to the need to re-think an idea, be willing to adjust.
Notify key personnel – Communication with your leadership team and followers is essential
Allow time for acceptance – Allow time for the plan to be fully communicated and understood.
Head into action – Once everyone understands the plan and is ready to go.
Expect problems – Change causes friction. Be prepared to deal with problems.
Always point to the successes – Build positive momentum by celebrating successes along the way.
Daily review your plan – Assess your progress, re-rank your priorities, adjust your action plans.
The Masonic Renewal Committee of The Conference of Grand Masters has three pages of free downloadable planning guides and other resources. You can find them here: Leadership
You can have some of the greatest ideas in the world but without careful and thoughtful planning they will just remain great ideas. And worse yet, if you implement your great ideas without planning they can quickly become a disaster. So plan now to have a plan.