In the beginning there was a plan, then Life Happened...
Last fall many of you were involved in creating or at least informed about a plan that the Board and / or management team designed to guide your credit union toward being more successful. When the plan was complete, everyone looked at it and said, “This is a good plan, it will help us become better than we are today.”
Then, life happened. You busied yourself with the day-to-day challenges of serving members, balancing the daily work, and getting ready to open the doors again tomorrow. In the last six months you have celebrated many milestones. You welcomed in a new year, sent your significant other a Valentine, hid colored eggs in the early spring grass for the little tykes, and honored fallen heroes on their special day. Tomorrow is Independence Day, the 4th of July. When was the last time you looked at your plan and evaluated your progress toward achieving whatever objectives and goals it outlined?
A plan is a schedule of objectives, measures and actions considered desirable to achieve a goal. But, a plan is not worth the paper it is written on unless leaders and process owners commit to following it. So, if your plan is not front of mind, now would be a good time to pull it out, dust it off, and get busy making up for lost time. 2013 is officially half over.