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Systems over Goals.

Annual Operating Plans typically outline Goals and Interventions, which are specific, desired outcomes to be accomplished from nearly specific outputs within certain constraints — such as time, money, and effort.

However, there are three limitations to this approach:

  • Delayed Gratification: All gains from outputs and outcomes are in the future and require upfront investment (time, money, effort) today.
  • Rigidity in a Dynamic Environment: In our fast-changing world, we are subject to shifts and shocks within the environments we operate in. Overly rigid goals may not account for unforeseen changes, leading to pursuing outdated or irrelevant objectives.
  • Undervaluing Improvements: A goal-centric approach might overlook or undervalue the enhancements made to processes and systems if the goal remains unachieved.
  • Possibility of regression: Heard of stories of people gaining back kilos after weight loss? This is true for business goals too. Without a system, it is possible that we might not sustain gains made from achieving a goal.

While it’s important to have end goals in your annual operating plan, integrating them with a strong system-based approach makes the journey more enduring yet robust:

  • By concentrating on systems, the focus shifts to building effective processes and practices that inherently lead to desired outcomes.
  • This method emphasizes continuous improvement and resilience. These improvements are felt immediately and gives a tangible sense of progress.
  • Finally, if the environment changes, then the processes can be adapted to deliver new outputs.

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