John Lilburne's journal about goals, planning and strategies.
2242 L Wed 16 Jan 2002
This morning I read part of Surfing Your Horizons, by Michael Creagen, which is enthusiastic about planning. For example:
A specific instruction is given: "Set daily, weekly, yearly and 20-year goals." (page 28).
Another book (from the Ringwood Library which I read the first chapter of today) is "The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning" by Henry Mintzberg, published in 1994. He seems to be looking at planning quite carefully, in a sceptical sort of way. Why have formal planning documents? An interesting suggestion is so that procedures are documented and can be made routine (page 22). "What Taylor accomplished in the factory, planning systems could now accomplish by extrapolation in the executive suite." (page 23). Here is another extract I found interesting on pages 24 - 25:
Part of how I see this applying is the liturgy of the Catholic Church. The liturgical books, like the Roman Missal, provide the plan. The priests feel they are learning things and so should improve the liturgy by applying their learning. To the extent that they are using variations permitted by the liturgical laws they are correct to do this. Unfortunately many priests go too far, changing things they should not change.
Anyway, I think I have learnt a bit more about planning -- its importance and its limitations.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 16 January 2002.