I love it when a plan comes together

We’ve been busy planning one or two big events at Gravitas in recent weeks. The first is the move to new premises across town in the popular Montpellier area of Cheltenham - including the renovation inside and out. The second is a Christmas party to celebrate the move. One thing is clear, planning ahead for every step of the journey is vitally important – but it is only half the battle.

As an organisation we are committed to planning and preparation. We have to know where we’re heading and what the best way of getting there is – especially on behalf of our clients. But we’ve also learned to ‘roll with the punches’, because even the best laid plans can change as quickly as the snow fell in the north this weekend. Or, as one Latin proverb puts it: ‘It’s an ill plan that cannot be changed’.

Confucius once said: ' A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door'. Similarly, a time management course I attended used a cartoon of a guy, with broom in hand, trying to keep three large reptiles at bay, and the quote: “Don’t talk to me about draining the lake, I’m too busy fighting crocodiles!’. The lesson is that strategic forecasts are more important than people realise and when done correctly can prevent trouble occupying your every minute.

Planning proverbs are great for getting you motivated at the start – most hackneyed of all that ‘proper planning prevents poor performance’. But the key thing is to have the drive and commitment to see the task through to the end - which means, rather like a chameleon, you must adapt to changing circumstances and react swiftly to the shifting sands as complications arise along the way.

I think American academic William Arthur Ward sums it up rather well: ' Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently'

Now, back to that party planning…!

Andy Rea