The Game Plan Approach

Good leaders often focus on providing clarity. They recognise that their people like to know there is a positive and practical plan for achieving certain goals.

Such leaders sometimes use the game plan approach. They explain to their people: a) the goals to achieve; b) the guidelines to follow; c) the steps people can take to do great work.

They then invite people to decide if they want to follow this approach. If so, they make clear contracts with people about their contributions towards achieving the goals.

Good leaders may take this approach when focusing on how the team can achieve certain goals. They clarify the strategies the team can follow to give itself the greatest chance of success.

They then do their due diligence. They clarify how to translate the strategies into action and also stress test these to manage any potential challenges. They then translate the strategies into a clear action plan.

Good leaders communicate the game plan to their people. They make sure it is believable and bring it to life by giving concrete examples that resonate with people.

Different leaders communicate the game plan in different ways. Some adapt the following framework in their own way. They gather people together and describe the following themes.

Good leaders aim to give people the big picture and show there is a practical plan for achieving positive results. They then make clear contracts with people about their best contributions towards achieving the picture of success.

Let’s return to your own life and work. Looking ahead, can you think of a situation where you may want to follow elements of this approach? How can you do this in your own way?

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to complete the following sentences.

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