One of my favorite quotes is “A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.” by George S. Patton. Now, just because one plan is good, but not perfect, doesn’t mean that the management team isn’t aligned and on the same page. One of the mistakes I’ve made several times is worked on a plan with my colleagues, solicited input, and pronounced it good enough to execute. Only, everyone else wasn’t on board — management wasn’t aligned.
Here are some ideas to develop management alignment in startups:
- Balance input in person, phone, IM, and email without relying on just one digital medium
- Articulate the plan in the simplest format possible, preferably a one page Google Doc with bullet points
- Ensure key stakeholders have seen the plan and voiced their opinion
- Consider a consensus-driven approach or a leader-decided approach when ready to execute
The harder the plan, the harder the management alignement. Following these ideas makes the management alignment process easier.
What else? What are some other ideas to develop management alignment in startups?